UNION TRIBUNE John Wilkens reported that Bradley Eckhardt,48, of Temecula died on the forth of July, 2010 while traveling southbound on Lilac Road, Valley Center. He lost control of his 1996 Yamaha at around 10:30 a.m., and he collided with a Dodge truck, which was pulling a loaded horse trailer. The accident is still under investigation.
Our condolences go out to the Eckhardt family.
Applicable California Law
The truck driver would have a potential personal injury claim against Eckhardt’s estate for any physical injuries he or she sustained, as well as any property that was damaged. If the truck driver was found to have contributed to causing the accident, any claims would be reduced proportionately. The owner of the horses would also have potential claims for any injuries to his horses. If the driver of the truck contributed to causing the accident Eckhardt’s heirs could pursue wrongful death claims against the truck driver, truck owner, and potentially the owner of the horse trailer (see my prior Blog post on California Wrongful Death Law)
Valley Center has become a favored location for riding motorcycles, because it is still fairly rural compared to other parts of San Diego county. Single lane winding roadways, add to the charm but are also hazardous and greatly increase the potential for motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and auto accidents, which can result in serious injury or wrongful death. If you have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one due to someone’s carelessness, seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney.