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Auto Accident Fatally Injures Motorcyclist Near Merced County

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January 10, 2018
Edward Smith

Auto Accident Fatally Injures Motorcyclist Near Merced County

Auto Accident Fatally Injures Motorcyclist Near Merced County

I’m Ed Smith, a Merced car accident lawyer. A motorcyclist was traveling in Los Banos on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 3, 2017. Unfortunately, this would be the last ride the cyclist would take due to an untimely motorcycle accident.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of the party that lost their life in this heart-wrenching accident.

What Happened?

A motorcyclist was traveling along Pacheco Boulevard in the vicinity of Maryland Avenue at approximately 12:36 pm. For unknown reasons, the motorcyclist was involved in a traffic accident with two other vehicles. Officers from the Los Banos Police Department were dispatched to the scene to render aid and investigate the cause of this accident.

Nature of Injuries

Upon arrival, emergency responders rendered medical assistance to the injured motorcyclist involved in the accident. The motorcycle rider was, sadly, pronounced deceased at the scene due to the severity of their injuries.

Identity of Victim

The identity of the victim remains unknown due to pending notification of next-of-kin.

What Caused the Accident?

Information regarding the cause of the accident has not yet been released by investigators. An investigation by the police department can take up to 10 days.

Motorcycle Accidents and Wrongful Death 

The practice of riding a motorcycle between lanes of traffic is referred to as lane-splitting. California allows lane-splitting for motorcyclists, in accordance to Assembly Bill 51. Although lane-splitting may be a breeze for motorcyclists, there are potential risks for riding alongside passenger cars and large commercial vehicles. Although a motorcycle rider may be exercising due care while lane-splitting, other drivers may not, increasing the risk of a motorcycle accident. Such risks include the following:

Injuries are common in accidents involving motorcyclists due to the lack of protection for riders in a crash. If you or a member in your family has suffered significant harm in a motorcycle accident, there is assistance available for you during this time of loss. It is important to seek legal guidance with an experienced Merced car accident lawyer to secure your rights and retrieve fair compensation for your damages.

Coping with a Loved One’s Death

Most everyone has experienced a traumatic event in his or her lifetime, including the loss of a loved one. Responses to traumatic events may vary in nature from person-to-person. It is important for a grieving person to acknowledge all their feelings during their time of loss. Keeping these emotions bundled up inside may create more harm than good. Always remember how much you meant to your loved one and how they would not want to see you suffering.

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Merced Car Accident Lawyers

I’m Ed Smith, a car accident lawyer in Merced. A motorcycle accident may lead to endless, life-altering consequences. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an accident, please call me at (209) 227-1931 for free, friendly advice. You may also reach me at (800) 404-5400 or visit me online at

I have worked as an injury and wrongful death lawyer in Northern California, including Merced County, for over 35 years. It is my honor to represent families and obtain fair compensation for their losses after an accident.

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