Motorcycles are a popular method of transportation worldwide, despite being a more dangerous vehicle to ride than cars or trucks. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that in 2016, 4,976 motorcyclists died in crashes. This accounted for 13% of all motor vehicle crash deaths since that year. Forty percent of these crashes were single-vehicle crashes. These statistics may be because motorcycles are less visible than other kinds of vehicles, especially so at night. When another driver is also intoxicated, motorcycles may be more at risk. KTLA reports on a fatal motorcycle accident believed to have been caused by a drunk driver.
A fiery crash caused the southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway in Torrance to be closed for about six hours on Sunday.
The 22-year-old driver of a truck may have been going the wrong way when he struck and killed a motorcyclist on the 405 Freeway in Torrance.
The incident occurred early Sunday morning. First responders made it to the scene in the southbound lanes at about 3 a.m.
The wreckage from the mangled Harley Davidson motorcycle was strewn 200 yards across the expressway. The Dodge pickup that was involved had sustained major damage to the front left side.
Police believe from the way the Dodge was oriented that it may have been traveling the wrong way. It was facing northbound in the southbound lane.
The driver of the truck was taken to the Harbor UCLA medical center with what were called minor injuries. He was later arrested.
Police are investigating whether or not alcohol was involved in the crash.