Who is at Fault for Fatal Motorcycle Accident?

A Twentynine Palms man was the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident Thursday evening. Authorities have identified 43-year-old Nikos Lukaris as the victim of the crash. The deadly accident occurred just after 6 p.m. on Amboy Road east of Sampson Lane.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the driver of a Ford F-350 pickup was heading east on Amboy Road when he moved into the westbound lane to pass another vehicle. That’s when the truck collided with the westbound motorcycle.

Lukaris died at the scene. He was apparently not wearing a helmet or other protective gear. Reports also say the motorcycle lacked proper lights and Lukaris was wearing dark-colored clothing. The pickup driver, 47-year-old Patrick Candelaria, suffered minor injuries. He was treated at the scene. His two passengers were not injured.

Is Truck Driver to Blame for Fatal Motorcycle Accident?

The CHP is still investigating the fatal motorcycle accident. The motorcyclist should certainly have been wearing protective gear. He should also have equipped his motorcycle with appropriate lights for riding in the dark. However, motorists are also responsible for driving safely around motorcyclists. This includes not passing other vehicles unless you are completely sure it is safe to do so. This is especially true when you are driving on a two-lane road, which was the case in this accident.

“Multiple factors were clearly involved in this deadly crash. It will be difficult to determine who was at fault without a more thorough investigation. Regardless, drivers should take this as a stern reminder to be extra cautious when passing vehicles, particularly on two-lane roads,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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