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Car vs. motorcycle accident kills 1 California rider

No matter how experienced a California driver of a car or rider of a motorcycle may be, no one can predict the actions of another person on the road. This may include everything from speeding, abrupt lane changes and even driving in the wrong direction on the freeway or highway. Even though a motorcycle is more maneuverable in most situations, it cannot always outrun an unavoidable motorcycle accident.

Recently, a motorcycle accident that took place on Highway 160 has authorities still asking themselves why. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 10:45 a.m. on the day of the accident, an 86-year-old man driving a pickup truck entered the highway heading north in the southbound lane. It did not take long before the driver of the pickup had a head-on collision.

A motorcycle traveling at approximately 50 mph came around a corner and faced the pickup truck doing about 30 mph. With nowhere to go, the two vehicles collided. The 65-year-old motorcycle rider died on impact.

The impact from both vehicles produced a debris field that hit a car that was behind the motorcycle. There was no mention of whether the driver of the pickup was injured in the crash. Luckily, no other injuries were reported.

The California Highway Patrol will continue its investigation into this fatal motorcycle accident. A preliminary report suggests that no contributing factors were at play in this wreck. The family of the deceased victim may file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the pickup truck, seeking an award of damages typically associated with such tragedies. If the family prevails in proving the driver was negligent, the court may consider such an award.

Source:, "Motorcyclist, 56, dies in Highway 160 wrong-way crash", Michelle Schultz, June 20, 2014

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