UNION TRIBUNE Staff Writer Susan Shroder reported that an unnamed 21-year-old man lost control of his motorcycle causing a collision with another motorcycle rider. The accident happened on July 16, 2010, at around 6:25 p.m., on Carroll Canyon road near Businesspark Avenue, according to officer David Stafford. The southbound Harley-Davidson’s diver, allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control and the bike slid into another Harley-Davidson, being driven by a 25-year-old man heading northbound on Carroll Canyon. Both riders were taken to local trauma centers to be treated for serious injuries, according to Stafford. The incident is under further investigation by the department’s Traffic Division, to determine if charges may be filed in the future.
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 16 fatalities and 355 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in San Diego. In San Diego County as a whole, 51 people died and 1,081 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents during thesame year.
Applicable California Law
Criminal penalties can be imposed on the speeding driver under California Vehicle Code 22350 and possibly reckless driving causing bodily injury in violation of Vehicle Code 23104. Furthermore, potential civil liability for bodily injury including medical bills, loss of earnings and earning capacity, as well as compensation for pain and suffering can be claimed. If the conduct of rider, who was responsible for the accidents, is deemed to be gross negligence, punitive damages can also be claimed.
Driving a motorcycle gives one a great sense of freedom and exhilaration. Teenagers and young adults are tempted to push the limits when riding causing motorcycle accidents, auto accidents, and truck accidents. This usually results in serious injury and or wrongful death. Evaluation of your case by an experienced personal injury attorney before any action is taken is the key.