TECATE – A 31-year-old San Diego woman tragically died Sunday after a collision on the 94 Freeway, CBS 8 News reported. The woman was riding a motorcycle eastbound on the 94 when she was cut off by a Ford F-150 truck making a left turn from Emery Road onto westbound 94. The CHP said the female motorcyclist, who was wearing full safety gear, had no time to swerve out of the path of the pickup and collided with the driver’s side of the vehicle. The driver of the Ford -150 suffered only minor injuries from the broken glass. The CHP is investigating the cause of the fatal crash. The collision was reported at 12:20 p.m. on March 3, 2013. According to the CHP, it did not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.
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RIVERSIDE COUNTY – A motorcyclist was tragically killed in a collision with a truck Monday night in Palm Springs, reports Kesq.com. Palm Springs police said the tragic October 5, 2012 collision happened at about 4:45 p.m. on Gene Autry Trail and 7 Lakes Road. Police say it appears the truck was traveling eastbound on 7 Lakes Road when it turned onto Gene Autry Trail in front of the motorcyclist. After colliding with the motorcycle, the truck crashed into a home on the other side of the intersection. The rider, whose identity was not known, died at the scene of the crash. The driver of the truck was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. No one was in the house at the time of the accident, but emergency crews did have to repair a small gas leak at the home. Police are investigating the cause of the motorcycle accident. Motorcycle Accident Liability Based on the news report, the driver of the truck is at-fault for this devastating accident. If the victim’s family members decide to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver, it is highly recommended they consult a California motorcycle accident lawyer at the law firm of Estey Bomberger. A sudden and unexpected loss can leave family members with more than grief and sadness – family members may also experience financial losses, loss [...] Read more »
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – On September 11, 2012, a motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a pickup truck on Interstate 210. According to California Highway Patrol officials, 20-year-old Stephen Seyarto was traveling eastbound on Interstate 210 west of Vernon Avenue, when for unknown reasons, he collided with a Ford pickup truck’s right side mirror at approximately 8:30 a.m. The force of the impact threw Seyarto off the bike and into the roadway of eastbound lanes. Several motorists stopped to assist Seyarto and moved him and his bike to the right shoulder emergency lane. Seyarto was transported to USC Medical Center with unknown injuries; however, authorities did say he was coherent and speaking at the scene of the motorcycle crash. Motorcycle Accident Liability At this time, it is unclear what caused the rider to hit the mirror of the pickup truck. Did he swerve out of the way to avoid hitting road debris or did a malfunctioning motorcycle part cause him to lose control of the bike? If the accident was caused by road debris or a defective motorcycle part or by the negligent actions of another person, the rider may be able to seek compensation for accident-related damages. The different types of damages the injured motorcyclist may be able to seek compensation for include, ambulance transportation, diagnostic tests, hospital stays, doctor visits, therapy, [...] Read more »
Motorcyclists are far more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal accident than a driver or occupant in a car. In 2010, more than 4,500 motorcyclists were killed and an additional 82,000 sustained injuries while riding. According to the NHTSA statistics, a motorcyclist is 30 times more likely than a passenger car occupant to die in a fatal motor vehicle accident. The fatality rate of a motorcycle is at 24.39 percent, as opposed to the 0.83 percent fatality rate of passenger cars. And while reckless driving many factor in some of these accidents, another common cause for serious motorcycle accidents is the confusion over right of way. Motorcyclists’ Right of Way The Hurt Study found that the most frequent two-vehicle accident at intersections when the motorcyclist’s path crosses with another driver’s. In those situations it is common for drivers unfamiliar with California traffic laws to violate the motorcyclist’s right of way, resulting in a catastrophic side-impact accident. It is important for all drivers and riders to understand, motorcyclists and bicyclists have the same right-of-way rules as other vehicles: the first to reach the intersection is the vehicle with the right-of-way to cross the intersection. Tailgating and Rear-ending Motorcycles As in the case with intersections, riders are due the same respect and right-of-way as on highways and streets: this includes a reasonable distance between [...] Read more »
Lane changing is a matter of course during our daily driving experience. Whether drivers are attempting to make a turn or take an exit, lane changing is often a necessary step preceding many driving maneuvers. Before drivers change lanes, it is important to follow standard safety procedures: Signaling intention to change lanes Checking both mirrors Check blind spots Changing only one lane at a time Ensuring there is sufficient space to accommodate your vehicle Motorcycle Accidents Unfortunately, lane changing is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. After driving into a motorcyclist while changing lanes, drivers frequently claim to have not seen to rider until the collision. Because motorcyclists are much smaller, it is critical for drivers to carefully check their blind spots before making any moves on the road. In California, this is particularly important because lane splitting is a common practice that is not illegal. What is Lane Splitting? When it is safe to do so, California motorcyclists are allowed to travel between two lanes of traffic, and at a higher speed, allowing riders to drive through heavy traffic. However, when a lane changing accident occurs while a motorcyclist is lane splitting, identifying who is at-fault can be a complicated process. Even the policeman who reports to the scene may not be successful in accurately ascertaining who is at-fault [...] Read more »
The wife of a Hawthorne police officer tragically killed in a motorcycle accident with an El Segundo police officer filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against the cities of El Segundo and Manhattan Beach. On May 26, 2011, Andrew Garton collided with EL Segundo Sgt. Rex Fowler while on duty assisting a funeral procession for a South Bay officer who died of cancer. Garton and Fowler were “leapfrogging” (blocking vehicles at intersections) when the accident occurred at Hawthorne Boulevard and 227th Street in Torrance. Garton died later that day as a result of the catastrophic injuries he sustained in the crash. Fowler sustained a broken leg in the crash. In the claim, Tracy Garton alleges that the city of El Segundo acted negligently in the hiring, training and supervision of Fowler and because of the city’s careless actions, her husband was killed. Tracy Garton also alleges that the city of Manhattan Beach acted negligently in the planning, coordination and supervision of the funeral procession. The cause of the accident, which was being investigated by the California Highway Patrol, has still not been revealed. If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, car accident or any other type of accident, you can look to the California wrongful death lawyers at the law firm of Estey Bomberger for legal help and guidance during this [...] Read more »
A motorcycle accident Friday night in San Joaquin County left a 47-year-old Stockton man in critical condition, the Lodi News-Sentinel reported. The September 23rd accident occurred at about 6:45 p.m. on East Highway 99 Frontage Road at Ashley Lane. According to news reports, the motorcyclist, Neil Lee Bullock, 47, was riding a 1997 Honda DBR 1100 motorcycle south on the frontage road behind a 2001 Hyundai Elantra driven by Mary Carmen Morris, 55, of Lodi. Morris slowed to make a left turn and Bullock attempted to pass her on the left, broadsiding her vehicle. Bullock suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries and was taken to Doctors Hospital in Modesto, where he was reportedly in critical condition. The cause of the motorcycle accident remains under investigation.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 – A man crashed his newly purchased Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Butte Meadows, seriously injuring himself and his wife, authorities said. The crash happened about 11 a.m. on Highway 32, about a mile east of Humboldt Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The victims were part of a group of riders who were on the first day of an eight-day trip to Washington state. The operator of the motorcycle, identified as 57-year-old Lee Wiggins of Gold River, leaned into a turn and lost control when a foot peg scraped on the pavement, investigators said. Wiggins suffered a broken leg, which caused an artery to rupture and led to extensive blood loss, authorities said. His wife, 57-year-old Edwina Wiggins, sustained moderate injuries. Lee Wiggins was airlifted to Enloe Medical Center in Chino, while Edwina was transported to the same hospital by ground ambulance. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the motorcycle crash. View Larger Map
SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 – A man was critically injured when he crashed while riding his motorcycle on Emerald Bay Road in El Dorado County, authorities said. The accident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. at the intersection of Emerald Bay and C Street, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. Witnesses told investigators the man braked abruptly and crashed, hitting his head on the pavement. The victim was wearing a helmet. Cars merging north onto Emerald Bay from D Street may have played a role in the accident. The motorcyclist was treated at the scene and then airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, authorities said. As part of the investigation into the motorcycle crash, investigators will try to determine whether excessive speed was a factor. View Larger Map
AUGUST 31, 2009 – The California Highway Patrol is investigating a motorcycle crash that killed a 57-year-old Fremont woman, authorities said. Kathryn Marie Marotta was riding north on Hwy 101 at the interchange with northbound Interstate 680 when the accident occurred about 3:30 p.m., according to the CHP. Marotta was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:37 p.m., according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner. One witness told investigators that the victim hit an object in the roadway, or somehow lost control, and was ejected from the motorcycle as she took the Story Road on-ramp to northbound Hwy 101. View Larger Map