North County Times Brandon Lowery reported that 57-year-old Dennis Williams of Carlsbad was fatally injured in an auto accident in Ramona while riding his motorcycle on March 4, 2012. The motorcycle accident happened around 12:30 p.m.. Williams was riding northbound on Highland Valley Road and was struck by a Honda Civic, which hit a Toyota Prius traveling southbound before hitting Williams and ejecting him from his bike. While rescue crews were in the process of airlifting him to a hospital he died from his injuries.
Our sympathy goes out to the Williams family and friends.
Applicable California Law
The driver of the Civic will be liable for the damage to the Toyota and Williams’ motorcycle. In addition, the owner and driver of the Civic will face claims for any personal injuries to the occupants of the Prius and claims from the Williams’ heirs for wrongful death and a ” survivor action” from his legal representative (see my prior Blog Post San Diego DUI Auto Accident Kills One And Injures Two In Mission Valley for analysis on California law). There are no facts to indicate that the driver of the Prius or Williams contributed to their own injuries, which would impact any claims. However, as with all fatal accidents the adequacy of all available insurance policies, and or the responsible parties assets are crucial in obtaining justice for the injured or the heirs of the deceased.
Motorcycle riding in scenic areas of San Diego is a common weekend activity. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are extremely vulnerable to catastrophic injuries or wrongful death caused by auto accidents. If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident or have lost a loved one consult an experienced personal injury attorney for guidance.