Bradley Waterman, 21, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps was killed in a San Diego motorcycle accident on February 14, 2009, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports in this article. Waterman was riding his Honda motorcycle east on Route 76 near Bonsall when he lost control in a curve. Waterman then crossed into opposing traffic and was struck by a Chevy Avalanche, California Highway Patrol officials said. The truck’s driver apparently tried to revive the Marine, but he died on the roadway.
My heart goes out to Waterman’s family members, friends and fellow Marines for their tragic and untimely loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to everybody who knew and loved Bradley Waterman. He was too young. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (SWITRS), in 2006, there were 39 motorcycle accident deaths and 1,038 injuries relating to motorcycle accidents in San Diego County. According to recent statistics released by the U.S. Marine Corps, the number of U.S. Marines killed in motorcycle accidents is also rapidly increasing. Last year, more than 20 Marines died in motorcycle accidents. The Marine Corps has been apparently trying to offer training programs to promote safety, but the numbers continue to rise.
In this incident, based on the newspaper report, it is not quite clear why Bradley Waterman lost control of his motorcycle. It may just be that he was not able to negotiate that curve. It is also possible there was a mechanical malfunction or product defect that caused Waterman to lose control of his motorcycle. Or there could have been a defective or dangerous condition on the roadway that caused this tragic motorcycle collision.
If the family members of Waterman suspect that one of these issues could have been a factor in this accident, they should consult an experienced California motorcycle accident attorney, who will examine the case, determine the facts and hold negligent parties responsible. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will also make sure that that motorcycle is preserved in its current crashed condition to have it examined by an expert for product defects, mechanical malfunction and other evidence