Anthony Williams, 48, was killed in a San Bernardino motorcycle accident on Sept. 19 after a Dodge truck hit his motorcycle. According to an article in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Williams was riding his 2007 Yamaha Venture westbound on East Highland Avenue when Gregory Martinez, 74, of San Bernardino, driving a 1992 Dodge pickup truck hit Williams. Martinez, who was heading east on Highland near the 1500 block, made a left turn into the parking lot of a Stater Bros. grocery store ahead of the oncoming motorcycle.
Williams was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The fatal motorcycle collision is being investigated by the San Bernardino Police Department. There were no citations issued or arrests made in connection with this accident.
My heart goes out to the family of Anthony Williams for their irreparable loss. Let us keep them in our prayers.
While it is a little early to tell exactly what caused this tragic accident, it appears from the newspaper report that it could have been the fault of the driver of the pickup truck, who was making the left turn against traffic into the grocery store’s parking lot.
According to “The Hurt Report” from the Virginia based National Technical Information Service, the most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.
Martinez told the police that when he made the left turn the sun’s glare blinded him temporarily and he did not see Williams approaching. I’m sure officials are trying to determine if Martinez failed to yield the right-of-way to Williams. If police traffic investigators do determine that Martinez was responsible for the collision then he could be held responsible for the fatal collision.
The family of Anthony Williams has suffered a huge loss and deserves appropriate compensation. I trust they are consulting with an experienced San Bernardino motorcycle accident attorney to independently examine this accident and help determine who was at fault and who should be held responsible. In the event that Martinez has inadequate insurance coverage, then a knowledgeable auto accident attorney will help decide if a claim for compensation could be made through Williams’ own auto insurance policy under the “uninsured” and underinsured” provisions.