San Diego Fox 5 News reported that an unnamed 22-year-old Navy sailor was fatally injured on January 30, 2011. The head-on motorcycle accident happened at around 11 a.m. in Otay Mesa when the sailor was attempting to pass a group of motorcyclists traveling westbound on Otay Lakes Road. He crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with another motorcyclist traveling eastbound. The sailor was pronounced dead at the scene and the other motorcyclist suffered a broken arm and leg and was flown to Sharp Memorial Hospital, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.
Applicable California Law
California Vehicle Code 21751 prohibits overtaking and passing vehicles to the left unless there is clear visibility and sufficient distance from oncoming vehicles so as to not be a hazard. Thus, the motorcyclist who was injured will have property damage and personal injury claims against the sailor’s estate. The claims will include current and future medical expenses, lost earnings, and earning capacity as well as compensation for pain and suffering. There are no facts to indicate that the injured motorcyclist contributed to causing his own injuries or the death of the sailor. Hopefully, the sailor carried sufficient liability insurance to adequately compensate the injured.
A leisurely Sunday ride turns into tragedy. Motorcycle accidents, auto accidents or bicycle accidents, which result in serious injuries usually result in overwhelming medical expenses for the victims. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney can help victims know what there options are.