VICTORVILLE, California – Motorcyclist Michael P. Johnson, 47, was killed early Monday morning after a Ford mini-van turned left in front of him and he lost control of his 2005 Harley Davidson on D Street, according to a press release by the Victorville Police Department.
Johnson, who is from the small nearby town of Apple Valley, was traveling westbound on D Street approaching Second Street at the time of the crash. The other driver in the van was traveling eastbound on the same street. The crash caused Johnson to be ejected from his motorcycle and he fell into the roadway. Paramedics transported Johnson to Victor Valley Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:26 a.m.
The Victorville Police Department is investigating the motorcycle accident and gathering evidence to determine exactly why the two vehicles crashed and who was at fault.
Victorville Motorcycle Accident Statistics
One in four deaths reported in Victorville in 2009 were motorcyclists, according to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. There were four deaths by motorcyclists out of the 16 reported in 2009. Additionally, there were 11 of the 217 injured in motor vehicle accidents in Victorville were motorcyclists.
In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.
Police are required to investigate every car accident involving a fatality to determine the cause of the crash, Attorney West Seegmiller explains. The investigation will seek to find out if either driver was under the influence of alcohol, distracted or if there were any circumstances that may have led to the crash that were illegal or reckless.
“Families of these victims killed in car accidents have lost a loved one and are forever changed due to both the emotional and financial loss,” said Seegmiller. “Drivers who make fatal mistakes must be held accountable for their actions.”
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident we know that this is a difficult time. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.
Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in traffic accidents. Our staff is compassionate and understands the pain its clients are going through. We know that this is a difficult time for those who have been injured and for the families of those who have been killed. Our law firm has a proven track record supported by hundreds of settlements over the past three decades ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.
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