Troy Michael Romero, 42, of Boron, California, died in a Bakersfield motorcycle versus car collision Sept. 7 on Highway 58 just east of Boron Avenue. The Bakersfield Californian reports that Romero was thrown from his motorcycle after being struck from behind by a 2009 Pontiac G6.
California Highway Patrol said Romero died from his injuries at the scene of the accident. Both vehicles were going at about 70 miles an hour in the slow lane when the crash occurred. The driver of the Pontiac wasn’t identified.
My heart goes out to the family of Troy Michael Romero for their tragic loss. In Kern County, in 2006 alone, there were 13 motorcycle accident fatalities and 208 motorcycle accident related injuries.
Based on the information in this report, it is hard to tell who is at fault for this motorcycle accident. But given the few details we have here, I’ll bet that the Pontiac was traveling at a higher rate of speed and couldn’t stop in time to avoid hitting Michael Romero. If CHP investigators determine that the driver of the Pontiac is at fault, he could be held civilly responsible for the accident. The Kern County District Attorney may also file criminal charges against the driver for vehicular manslaughter. And if investigations reveal that the driver of the Pontiac was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, the criminal charges could become even more serious.
The family of Michael Romero should certainly consider retaining the services of an established California motorcycle accident attorney to represent them and make sure their legal rights are protected. A skilled personal injury lawyer will conduct a thorough, independent investigation into the incident and determine the parties that should be held responsible for the accident.
A knowledgeable attorney will also look for dangerous conditions on the roadway, which may have contributed to the accident. Anyone who intends to file a claim against a governmental agency needs to do so within six months of the incident.