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Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Sacramento Involving 71-Year-Old Rider

Motorcycle Accident, Sacramento, CA

Motorcyclist Dies After Collision with Vehicle on Southbound Stockton Boulevard at 16th Avenue

Sacramento, CA –On a late June evening in Sacramento, a 71-year-old motorcyclist tragically lost his life following a collision with a pickup truck. The incident, which occurred at a busy intersection, highlights the ongoing risks faced by motorcyclists.

The Incident

The accident took place on June 20, 2024, at approximately 10:45 p.m. on southbound Stockton Boulevard at 16th Avenue in Sacramento, California. The motorcyclist, a 71-year-old man, collided with a 1999 Dodge pickup truck that was making a left turn from eastbound 16th Avenue onto northbound Stockton Boulevard.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the motorcyclist hit the side door of the truck as it began its turn. Emergency responders transported the rider to a nearby hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck remained at the scene and, as per initial reports, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The precise cause of the crash is still under investigation, and authorities are examining all potential factors, including visibility and right-of-way adherence.

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Legal Implications 

Motorcycle accidents, such as the one that occurred on Stockton Boulevard, often involve complex legal considerations. In this case, determining fault hinges not only on driver actions but also on road conditions and potential contributory negligence.

Data shows that in 2020, motorcycle fatalities in the U.S. increased by 11% from the previous year, with most accidents occurring at intersections (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2022). In California specifically, there were 553 motorcycle deaths in 2020, marking a 15% increase from 2019 (California Office of Traffic Safety, 2022). These statistics underscore the critical importance of understanding legal rights and responsibilities in the wake of such accidents.

A Law Firm You Can Trust

In the aftermath of such a tragic accident, understanding the legal avenues available is paramount. Having experienced representation makes a significant difference, ensuring that victims’ families receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

The Scranton Law Firm, with over 50 years of experience helping accident victims and over $1 billion recovered for injured clients, stands ready to guide those affected through these difficult times. Our compassionate and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to providing comprehensive legal support, meticulously investigating each case to advocate effectively on behalf of our clients.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a similar accident, consulting with our skilled legal team can provide clarity and support. Contact the Scranton Law Firm for a free consultation today and let us help you navigate this challenging period.


  1. What should I do immediately after a motorcycle accident? Ensure everyone’s safety, call emergency services, exchange information, take photos, and contact the police. Seeking medical attention, even if seemingly uninjured, is crucial.
  1. How is fault determined in a motorcycle accident? Fault is typically based on evidence such as traffic laws, witness statements, and accident reconstructions. Police reports often play a significant role.
  1. Can I still claim compensation if the other driver wasn’t cited? Yes, the absence of a citation doesn’t preclude a compensation claim. Liability can still be determined through investigations and legal procedures.
  1. Is helmet use mandatory for motorcyclists in California? Yes, California law requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets, which significantly reduce the risk of fatal injuries.
  1. What compensation can families seek in fatal motorcycle accidents? Families can seek compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of income, and emotional distress in wrongful death claims.

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