Motorcycle Hit Rear Of SUV As It Made Left Turn
Gilroy, CA (April 17, 2017) – Motorcyclist Richard Martinez was killed in the late afternoon on Saturday, April 15th 2017, after colliding with another vehicle on Leavesley Road in Gilroy, California.
According to press reports, the crash was reported around 5:30 pm Saturday. A 2000 Ford Explorer driven by Gustavo Martinez of Gilroy, was traveling westbound on Leavesley Road attempting to make a left turn onto Holsclaw Road. Richard Martinez, driving a 2007 Harley-Davidson, was traveling eastbound on Leavesley Road when he stuck the right rear door of the Ford SUV. Rushed to the Regional Medical Center in San Jose,Richard Martinez was pronounced dead about an hour after arriving.
The driver of the Ford and his other two male passengers in their early 20’s were not seriously injured.
The CHP is investigating this accident and request that anyone with information contact the Hollister-Gilroy field office at 408-848-2324.
Intersection Collisions Are Frequent Cause of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
One of the most common types of motorcycle accidents we encounter at the Dolan Law Firm is when a vehicle traveling in the opposition direction turns in front of the motorcyclist at an intersection. The driver of an oncoming car making a left turn into the motorcyclist’s path is almost always liable for a collision when the motorcyclist was traveling straight through an intersection. Exceptions to this near-automatic rule can apply if the motorcyclist was going well over the speed limit, or ran a red light.
We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the motorcyclist who died. Should you wish to learn more about your rights and remedies under the law from an experienced motorcycle crash attorney at the Dolan Law Firm please call us toll free at 888-452-4752 or complete our contact form.
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