A 24-year-old Fallbrook man died Saturday evening after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on Highway 395.
According to NBC San Diego, the victim was riding a 2008 Honda motorcycle eastbound on Camino Del Rey just after 5:30 pm when he made a sharp turn in the roadway and collided with a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling westbound. The motorcyclist was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed and the sudden maneuver caused his bike to turn onto its right side and slide into the westbound lane.
California Highway Patrol officers said the motorcycle slid into the left tire of the Cherokee, ejecting the victim into the westbound lane of traffic. The 57-year-old man driving the Jeep was unable to control the vehicle after striking the motorcycle and the car veered into the eastbound lane. An oncoming Ford Expedition swerved to avoid the car, traveling to the left and into the westbound lane. The Expedition subsequently struck the motorcyclist where he lay, causing fatal injuries.
Neither the driver of the Jeep nor the driver of the Expedition were injured as a result of the accident. Traffic was shut down in both directions for two hours following the incident.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident and have not said whether excessive speed, drugs or alcohol were a contributing factor. This unfortunate incident is a chilling reminder how quickly an accident occur and how devastating the consequences can be for all parties involved.
Had the motorcycle accident been caused by the negligence of another driver, he or she may potentially face criminal charges for his or her actions. The driver would also likely face civil penalties for the injuries they caused to other motorists.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over half of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve collisions with another vehicle. Seventy-five percent of these deaths involved an accident in which the motorcyclist struck another vehicle. These statistics should serve as a reminder to motorcyclists to use caution when traveling the roadways.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. The experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are available to assist accident victims in the San Diego area and throughout California in getting the maximum amount of compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages.
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