Motorcycles are small vehicles compared to other vehicles that share the road. Drivers of these bikes may feel empowered by their small size, believing they have greater flexibility on the roads than larger vehicles due to their ability to navigate smaller spaces with greater ease. However, this is not always the case, and a motorcycle accident can happen with the same frequency as any other automobile accident. One California couple was tragically involved in a fatal motorcycle accident in Southern California near Julian on May 19.
The couple was traveling down a rural highway when they made a turn and sideswiped another motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction. The wife, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, was killed in the accident. Early reports indicate that the couple's motorcycle strayed from their lane which led to the tragic accident.
Motorcycles provide much less all around safety than other vehicles. Because of the lack of protection, drivers and their passengers could suffer more serious injuries when they are involved in accidents.
It is too early to know exactly what caused this fatal motorcycle accident, though early signs point to the husband veering into oncoming traffic. Once all of the facts are gathered and the official report of the collision is published, those involved can review all of the available evidence in order to assess their rights and liabilities under California law.
In some instances, victims of motorcycle accidents are able to pursue legal action against any negligent parties. After all, driver's who display reckless behavior should be held responsible.
Source: CBS8, "Woman killed in motorcycle crash on SR-78," May 19, 2012