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UDPATE: Rafael Ramirez Killed In Tujunga Motorcycle Accident Near St. Estaban Street and Tujunga Canyon Boulevard

Oct 4, 2019

Rafael Ramirez Tujunga: Rafael Ramirez Killed In Tujunga Motorcycle Accident Near St. Estaban Street and Tujunga Canyon Boulevard

TUJUNGA, CALIFORNIA (October 4, 2019) – A 48-year-old motorcyclist identified as Rafael Ramirez has tragically died in a car accident not far from the intersection of St. Estaban Street and Tujunga Canyon Boulevard.

Los Angeles police are saying that the accident took place around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday. The circumstances leading up to the crash remain under investigation.

Paramedics were called to the  scene in order to help Rafael Ramirez. Despite life-saving measures he later died at the scene. 

Images of the scene of the intersection show a no-left turn sign between St. Estaban Street and Tujunga Canyon Boulevard. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to the Tujunga police department. 

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcycles are inherently less crash-worthy than passenger vehicles. They are also more likely to be overlooked given their small profile. Helmets and other protective gear are extremely important in keeping motorcyclists safe. In fact, if every motorcycle rider consistently wore proper helmets nearly 600 motorcyclists would survive their accidents every year. 

According to one report from the NHTSA, “Despite the fact that less than 3 percent of registered passenger vehicles are motorcycles, motorcyclist fatalities represent about 9 percent of all passenger vehicle rider fatalities. Considering that passenger car rider fatalities are trending downward, policies that result in raising public acceptance of the protective value of helmets can have a significant impact on reducing the total number of lives lost annually on America’s highways.” Depending on the facts of any case victims of motorcycle accidents or their family may have recourse under the law. 

Liability In Motorcycle Accidents

A number of very serious motorcycle accidents happen when drivers make illegal or dangerous left turns. Generally speaking, drivers have an obligation to yield the right of way to motorcyclists and other vehicles before turning into another lane. According to California Vehicle Code 21801, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement.”

The family of any victim that died in a motorcycle accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a wrongful death claim can help with lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. Potential claimants in a civil matter may include a victim’s spouse, children, parents and siblings. It’s important that evidence is preserved and that eye witness testimony is collected. A motorcycle accident attorney can investigate your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Tujunga Motorcycle Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Rafael Ramirez. Any person that may have seen this accident should reach out to the Los Angeles police department as they continue to investigate. It is our hope that measures will be put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a motorcycle accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys can answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that proactive measures are put in place to help make our communities safer. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about a particular incident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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