Yuma police officials have decided not to file criminal charges in an October 28, 2008 Yuma motorcycle accident, which killed 55-year-old Rodney Duran. According to an article in the Yuma Sun, the accident occurred at the intersection of 16th Street and Avenue B. Duran was riding his Harley-Davidson northbound on Avenue B when 45-year-old Deanna Leinenger who was going south on Avenue B made a left turn on to 16th Street. Duran was pronounced dead at the scene.
Motorcycle accidents, especially motorcycle rider fatalities, have been steadily increasing over the last 10 years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), since 1997, motorcycle accident deaths have increased by 89 percent – from 2,116 in 1997 to 4,008 in 2004. The latest 2004 statistics also show that motorcycle rider fatalities have increased for the seventh year in a row. Department of Transportation data also show an increase in motorcycle deaths in the age group of 40 and above in the last 10 years.
It appears that Leinenger was at fault for this car versus motorcycle accident. Although police say she was not under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, her negligent driving may have caused this accident and fatal injuries. It is very important that the family of Rodney Duran consult an expert Arizona motorcycle accident attorney, who will help investigate this tragic accident and determine who should be held responsible for it.
If you have been seriously injured in an Arizona motorcycle accident, please call the Breyer Law Offices for a free consultation. Like any other auto accident, the accident scene and crashed vehicle must be carefully examined for any and all evidence. Please call us without delay so we can get started on filing your claim and getting you the compensation you are entitled to.