Shortly after 5 a.m. on Monday, May 7th, 47-year-old motorcyclist Michael Johnson was killed in a crash with a left-turning van in Victorville. While traveling east on D Street in a 2003 Ford Windstar van, 32-year-old Casey Hunter turned left at Second Street in front of Johnson, who was riding westbound on a 2005 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the collision.
“In many cases, a wrongful death claim may arise from a fatal crash attributable to the negligence of one of the drivers involved,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Victorville accounted for 4 of the 32 fatalities and 14 of the 478 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic collisions throughout San Bernardino County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Although fatalities among motorcyclists increased on the national level in 2010-accounting for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities that year-they decreased in California by 10.7 percent, from 394 to 353.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Johnson, the motorcyclist killed in the crash with a left-turning van.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Victorville collision.
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