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NATIONAL CITY: Andrew Balderas Killed In Motorcycle Accident After Van Made Left Turn By Mossy Nissan dealership Off Of Mile of Cars


Oct 16, 2018

Fatal Car Accident Reported: Andrew Balderas Died In Motorcycle Accident In National City With Van Belonging To Frank Toyota

 NATIONAL CITY, CALIFORNIA (October 16, 2018) A 21-year-old twin and employee of Mossy Nissan dealership identified as Andrew Balderas tragically died in a car accident after a van made a left turn off of Mile of Cars.

National City police are saying that Andrew Balderas was riding to work around 7:00 when a van that belonged to Frank Toyota made a left turn off of Mile of cars by National City Boulevard. The victim hit the side of the van and was thrown off.

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to treat Andrew Balderas for his injuries. He was bleeding from the head by the time emergency medical workers arrived at the scene.

Tragically he later died due to his injuries. Co-workers and family set up a memorial for the victim following the motorcycle accident. Those that knew him said he was inseparable from his twin brother. They even owned the same bike in different colors.

The driver of the van was not charged after the accident. Investigators do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

A Go Fund Me campaign was set up for the victim’s family in order to help cover the cost for a funeral.

What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents can be absolutely devastating for a victim and their family. Even when a victim is wearing a helmet and protection, the risk of serious injury is fairly high with an accident. Victims of motorcycle accidents can take a number of steps to make sure that their rights are being protected:

  • Seek medical attention following a crash. It’s important to get your injuries documented.

  • Take photographs of the scene of the collision.

  • Document any wages that you lost.

  • Don’t speak with the insurance provider of the at-fault party.

  • Seek an attorney that specializes in your type of claim.

A motorcycle accident attorney can take steps to make sure that you are properly compensated after an accident. Victim’s may be able to seek damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Liability In Left Turn Car Accidents

Depending on the facts of the case, Frank Toyota may face civil liability for the tragic death of Andrew Balderas. Car dealerships often drive their vehicles around to get them repaired or to shuttle customers. If an employee of a car dealership acts negligently and causes a car accident the company that they work for may face vicarious liability. A common mistake that is often lethal for motorcyclists are dangerous or illegal left turns. Unless a driver has a green arrow they will typically be held at fault for an accident if they were the ones making a left turn. In short, cars attempting to make left turns are supposed to yield the right of way to oncoming vehicles.

According to the California Vehicle Code Section 21804(a), “The driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, or from an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic, as defined in Section 620, approaching on the highway close enough to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that traffic until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.” A personal injury attorney can examine the specific  facts of your case and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued.

Getting Help From A Motorcycle Accident Attorney

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Andrew Balderas as they are grieving. This should never have happened. There needs to be some accountability. We encourage everyone to donate to the GO FUND ME account that has been set up for the victim’s family so that he can be laid to rest in peace. Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out to police in National City for the sake of all of those that have been affected.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed due to the negligence of another driver you may have legal recourse. The personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply about our clients and work hard to make sure they are taken care of. In fact, we’ve been helping accident victims and their families for over 40 years. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are seeking legal counsel for your particular situation we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. Danny Freeman. Friends Mourn Auto Technician Killed In Crash Near Workplace. October 12, 2018

  2. Justia. 2015 California Code Vehicle Code – VEH DIVISION 11 – RULES OF THE ROAD CHAPTER 4 – Right-of-Way Section 21804. 2015

  3. Russ Brown. Ten Things You Can Do to Increase Your Recovery After a Motorcycle Accident. 2018

  4. Go Fund Me. Andrew Balderas Funeral Services. 2018

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