Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19th, 23-year-old motorcyclist Sergio Moral-Perez was killed in a collision with a Honda Accord in Fontana. The vehicle struck Moral-Perez, who was traveling westbound on Arrow Route, while turning left from the southbound lane of Almond Avenue onto the eastbound lane of Arrow Route. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“Given the lack of protection a motorcycle provides, riders are especially vulnerable on the road,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “and serious injury is not uncommon in collisions with passenger vehicles.”
Fontana accounted for none of the 32 fatalities and 33 of the 478 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic accidents throughout San Bernardino County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similar-sized populations, giving those with the worst records the highest rankings. In 2010, Fontana placed 22nd out of 53 cities for motorcyclist safety, which would be considered slightly below average.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Sergio Moral-Perez, the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision with the Honda Accord yesterday.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this fatal accident.
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