Motorcyclists are a fixture on the roads of Southern California. Unfortunately, with the freedom a motorcycle brings comes danger as well. A motorcycle rider was killed on Monday in Huntington Beach, California, when his bike collided with a car. The motor vehicle accident is still under investigation, according to police.

What is known so far is that the 40-year-old man from Huntington Beach was riding on Hamilton Avenue on Monday afternoon when his Triumph motorcycle collided with a Lexus sedan driven by a 33-year-old woman. The man was wearing a helmet, but unfortunately, it was not enough to save him and he was pronounced dead at a hospital in Santa Ana.

Police are still investigating the incident and have asked anyone who might have seen the collision or have other information about the crash to contact traffic investigators. According to reports, the driver of the sedan was not charged or arrested at the scene.

Even though the driver was not immediately arrested, the fact that Huntington Beach police are still asking for witnesses to come forward means they have not reached a resolution as to the cause of the crash. In many cases, car-motorcycle collisions take place due to distracted drivers or drivers who are not observant enough to see motorcycles, which can be small or low-profile and tough to spot in traffic.

While nothing can bring back a loved one who has perished in a fatal accident, the person's survivors can work with an attorney who specializes in motor vehicle accidents and claims to seek compensation for their loss.

Source: The Orange County Register, "Motorcyclist dies after colliding with car," Sean Emery, July 16, 2012