Motorcyclist Passes Away After Crash in Elk Grove

Motorcyclist Passes Away After Crash in Elk Grove

Motorcyclist Passes Away After Crash in Elk Grove

Motorcyclist Passes Away After Crash in Elk Grove

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Motorcycle Accident Attorney. A man riding his motorcycle passed away after a tragic crash in Elk Grove on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

What Happened?

A motorcyclist died in a Saturday morning accident after he was tragically struck by a car in the Laguna area of Elk Grove, according to the Elk Grove Police Department.

Motorcycle Versus Auto Collision

Officers from the Elk Grove Police Department responded to a call of a motorcycle versus auto collision along Laguna Park Drive south of Laguna Boulevard around 11:15 a.m.

The crash occurred as the motorcyclist, described as a 36-year-old male, was travelling southbound along Laguna Park Drive. The motorcyclist was struck by a car proceeding in the opposite direction and making a left hand turn into oncoming traffic. The car was pulling into a parking lot located at Taco Bell.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Versus Car Crashes

One of the most common type of auto versus motorcycle accidents happen when a car is making a left hand turn. Often times, the driver of the car either fails to see the motorcyclist at all or judges the distance and speed of the motorcyclist incorrectly. Left hand turn crashes happen when a motorcyclist is trying to:

• Ride straight through an intersection
• Pass a car
• Overtake a car

In most left hand turn crashes, the driver of the vehicle is found to be at fault. However, a motorcyclist can be deemed at fault if he or she was exceeding the speed limit and/or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The Driver of the Car That Struck the Motorcyclist

The driver of the car that struck the motorcyclist was described as a 29-year-old female. She was driving a four-door sedan carrying two occupants inside. The occupants were described as children.

Bystanders Rendered Aid to the Fallen Motorcyclist

Two bystanders rendered aid to the fallen motorcyclist while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive at the accident scene.

Motorcyclist Suffered Catastrophic Injuries

Sadly, the motorcyclist suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of the collision with the sedan. He was transported to a local hospital where he later passed away.

The motorcyclist’s name has not yet been released.

Woman and Children in Sedan Report No Injuries

The woman and two children in the sedan were sent to a local hospital, but did not report suffering any injuries.

What Caused The Collision Between the Motorcyclist and Sedan?

No cause has been identified at the time of this writing. An investigation of the crash is underway. The driver of the sedan was not arrested.

It typically takes up to ten days for authorities to investigate and prepare a traffic collision report with their findings. Sometimes the findings can be inconclusive or in error. This can leave the family and friends of the deceased with many unanswered questions as to exactly why their loved one passed away.

Laguna Boulevard at Laguna Park Drive Was the Site of Previous Fatal Traffic Collision in December 2014

In the Youtube Video below, investigators shut down the same location where the motorcyclist was killed in Saturday’s accident. Watch this video pertaining to another fatal collision in December of 2014.


It is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible when you or your loved one has been involved in a crash. There are many unique factors that should be investigated in order to prove liability (fault). It is also important to preserve evidence from the accident scene in order to protect the rights of your loved one.

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