Garrett Ryder Wade, 18, was killed in an Irvine motorcycle accident after a vehicle struck him near a street intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred the morning of Jan. 15 near the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Kazan Street. The motorcyclist, identified as Wade, was transported to an area hospital where he died. The driver of the car that collided with the motorcycle Wade was riding, remained at the scene and cooperated with police. No arrests or citations were reported pending an ongoing investigation.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Garrett Ryder Wade for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
When it comes to vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a car crash. Motorcyclists account for 14% of all traffic-related fatalities, while representing only 3% of the entire registered motor vehicle fleet. In 2018, 82,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents. During the same year, 4,985 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes nationwide.
Causes and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what caused this fatal collision. There are a number of unanswered questions here. How fast were the car and motorcycle going? How did the collision occur? Was the car making a turn at the intersection when it struck the motorcycle? Did impaired or distracted driving play a part in this fatal collision? Was driver negligence a factor? We trust officials are looking into these and other factors in determining precisely why this deadly motorcycle crash occurred.
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. Family members can seek compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, please contact an experienced Irvine motorcycle accident attorney who will stay on top of the official investigation and help ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected.