It is with sadness that we report that a young woman riding her motorcycle was killed over the weekend when she was struck by several vehicles after crashing her motorcycle on the 55 Freeway. Karla Munoz, 27, had been traveling on in the southbound lanes north of Dyer road in Santa Ana just before midnight on Sunday, April 28thwhen the accident occurred. According to the California Highway Patrol, she had been traveling at a “high rate of speed” on her 1978 Honda motorcycle when she attempted to pass a van on the left side. Unfortunately, the van she was trying to pass changed lanes at the same time, causing her to swerve. The rate of speed she was traveling at was too fast for her to get out of the way safely and she fell off her motorcycle into oncoming traffic, where several vehicles hit her.
Munoz had just graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in criminal justice and hoped to work with troubled teenage girls. Her brother, Hugo, said she was “determined” to be on her bike after being in a previous crash.
Motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable to the dangers of the road, particularly when passing vehicles -- often times getting lost in a driver’s blind-spot. As an Orange County motorcycle accident attorney, and someone who rides, I am always extra vigilant for motorcyclists when changing lanes in my car. Many of the motorcycle accident cases I handle are similar to what happened to Karla Munoz, caused by drivers not looking before they change lanes.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Riverside, Los Angeles or Orange County, contact me, the motorcycle accident attorney who rides motorcycles: Jeff Roberts of the Roberts Law firm. I help injured motorcycle riders receive compensation for their bills, lost income, and worst harm: physical and emotional pain.