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Big Rig Versus Motorcycle Accident On Ortega Highway Kills One

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Christopher Michael Snethen, 23, died in a Sept. 3 motorcycle accident in Lake Elsinore after his vehicle reportedly crossed the double yellow lines and went directly into the path of a big rig on the Ortega (74) Highway. According to a KNBC news report, Snethen was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred near Grand Avenue.

California Highway Patrol officials say Snethen was westbound on Highway 74 when he lost control of his 2007 Kawasaki Ninja on a curve and veered into the path of a loaded Freightliner flatbed truck. The driver of the big rig, 26-year-old Noah Dwaine Jackson, couldn’t avoid the motorcycle vs. truck collision even after braking and steering to the right. Jackson was not injured.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Christopher Snethen for their tragic loss.

Motorcyclists are very much in danger while driving near big-rigs, especially on the freeway. Because of the high speed, bad visibility and lack of reaction time, motorcyclists can be seriously injured or killed when they are hit or even clipped by a large truck.

The victim’s family in this case would be well advised to consult a reputed Riverside County motorcycle accident attorney, who will thoroughly investigate this accident and help determine the facts. It’s too early to tell what caused Snethen to cross the double yellow lines directly into the path of the big rig. If I were looking into this accident I’d start with the model of this motorcycle to see if it was among those recently recalled. Some 2006-2007 Ninja’s were recalled due to defects in the rear suspension. It is also possible there were other defects in the motorcycle that contributed to this accident. I’d urge the Snethen family to maintain the motorcycle in its damaged condition until an expert has examined it.

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