From www.ktla.com we learned the identity of the female motorcycle rider who was killed Tuesday in the motorcycle collision on the Ventura Freeway in Studio City. The motorcycle rider was the popular stuntwoman April E. Stirton, of North Hollywood.
This is MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH and the "share the road" campaign now underway by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is to remind drivers to be more aware of motorcycle riders during the busier summer riding months coming up.
The motorcycle crash was first reported by www.dailynews.com when it occurred just west of Laurel Canyon Boulevard at about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday morning. Paramedics pronounced the woman, dead at the scene, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
California Motorcycle Accident Claims Popular Stuntwoman
The professional stuntwoman had been riding her Yamaha Roadstar westbound on the 101 when her motorcycle was hit by the rear wheels of a tow truck causing her to lose control of her motorcycle and fall to the roadway while traveling at more than 55 miles an hour.
Her black Yamaha motorcycle became wedged under the big rig truck and, according to reports from the scene, was dragged more than 100 feet down the freeway before the truck stopped. Stirton was an accomplished stuntwoman and worked on several movies and popular TV shows including "See How They Run," Circle of Eight," "True Blood" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
This unfortunate motorcycle accident is a prime example of what is happening on our roadways every day and another reason for the share the road campaign. Nearly 50 percent of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with other types of motor vehicles in transport.
Share The Road Prevent California Motorcycle Accidents
In two-vehicle crashes, 77 percent of the motorcycles involved were struck in the front. This motorcycle crash involved a motorcycle being struck in the front by the rear wheels of a tow truck. 5,290 motorcyclists lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in 2008, the latest period for which statistics are available.
Drivers must remember that a motorcycle, due to its smaller size, can be easily hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Be overly cautious and share the road by always making a visual check for motorcycles by double-checking your mirrors and blind spots.
Severe road conditions are a regular annoyance to most motorists, but to motorcyclists they can present a major hazard. When a motorcycle rider comes upon challenging road conditions such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement, they may have to maneuver quickly to avoid a motorcycle crash, please leave them plenty of room to do so.
Contact Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Don't crowd motorcyclists allow more following distance, three or four seconds, so the motorcycle rider has enough time to maneuver if they need to. If you follow just these few tips you can save lives and help share the road. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, please contact a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen, we can help you.
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