Motorcycles are a popular form of transportation in Los Angeles. Though they are a common sight on the roads, sometimes people in cars and trucks do not respect bikers’ right of way. The result of a four-wheeled vehicle jumping in front of a rider is often a deadly motorcycle accident.

Though the following incident did not take place in L.A., or indeed in California, it is typical of the sort of motorcycle crash that can happen when a motorist acts negligently.

A 46-year-old motorcycle rider was killed on March 1 when a teenage driver pulled her SUV into his path, according to police. The man was riding early in the evening on a state route when the accident happened. He was unable to avoid the SUV and was thrown from his bike by the impact. He died at the scene.

The SUV’s driver, 18, was not injured. A passenger reportedly suffered a leg injury.

Because motorcycles are smaller than cars and trucks, and have fewer safety features, most riders know to be careful on the road. However, they cannot control when drivers speed, drive drunk, look at their phone or otherwise negligently fail to live up to their duty to try to avoid a collision.

As a result, motorcycle accidents tend to be very serious. Around 80 percent of these sorts of collisions lead to injury, such as brain trauma, or death. Each year, more than 50,000 people are hurt in motorcycle crashes. Sadly, many others never recover.

Bikers who get hurt in a crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence should not have to shoulder the burden of hospital bills, lost wages and other costs by themselves. The negligent party should be held responsible for what he or she did.

Source: Burlington County Times, “Hainesport man killed in motorcycle crash on Route 537,” David Levinsky, March 3, 2014