Adrian Zazueta, 22, was killed in an Anaheim motorcycle accident after crashing into a sedan at a street intersection. According to a report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Western and Orange avenues. Paramedics attempted to revive Zazueta, but he died from his injuries at the scene. Officials said drugs or alcohol were not believed to be factors in the collision. The 18-year-old driver of the sedan remained at the scene. No arrests or citations were reported. An investigation is ongoing.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family members of Adrian Zazueta for their tragic and untimely loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,286 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2016, which is a 5.1 percent increase from 5,029 motorcyclists killed in 2015. Motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and 17 percent of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities. Of the 5,286 motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents, 94 percent were riders and 6 percent were passengers.
Potential Causes and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that this fatal motorcycle accident occurred at a street intersection. According to NHTSA, a vast majority of motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles occur at street intersections. One of the most common causes of these types of accidents is a failure on the part of the other driver to yield the right of way to the oncoming motorcyclist. In such cases, there may be other factors at play including speeding, reckless driving, distracted driving, etc. We trust officials are investigating this particular incident to determine who was at fault.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been involved, families of deceased accident victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship.
Families would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. It is also important to preserve the motorcycle so an expert can examine the vehicle for all possible evidence.