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Fatal Riverside Motorcycle Accident

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Steven Highley, 59, was killed in a motorcycle accident after losing control of his 2005 Suzuki in an attempt to avoid an earlier wreck. City News Service reports that the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on the Ortega Highway early morning on November 3, 2010 near the El Cariso Fire Station, a few miles before the Orange County line.

The motorcyclist was traveling west on the highway when he suddenly came upon the site of the previous accident, after rounding a curve on the roadway. He attempted to swerve, but veered onto the shoulder and struck a woman who was rendering aid at the scene. The rider was thrown off his motorcycle and hit the hillside. He died at the scene. The woman who was hit suffered relatively minor injuries to her legs.

I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved this deceased motorcycle accident victim. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 20 injuries reported involving motorcycle accidents in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County. Also, during the same year, 32 people died and 581 sustained personal injuries as a result of motorcycle accidents.

Causes and Compensation Issues

Based on this news report, it appears that the fatal motorcycle accident occurred because the motorcyclist could not avoid the wreck in time. At this point, there are several questions. How fast was the motorcyclist going? What caused the prior accident on the highway? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway? Was there a visibility issue that may have caused the motorcyclist to crash? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine exactly what happened here and why.

In such cases, the family of a deceased accident victim would be well-advised to contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims can seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

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  • 1 Harley Guy 2

    I have traveled the Ortega Hwy for years early in the morning (4-4:30AM) and what I have witnessed is cars and motorcyclists traveling faster than the posted speed limit. I know this is due because they too travel the Ortegas everyday and they seem to know the twist & turns. But it seems to me that in a turn at say 45-50 MPH you don’t know what may be around the next turn. I have seen upside down vehicles almost in the same location as this motorcyle accident and it can be scary. I too ride a Harley through the Ortegas and I only ride during the day not at night. Passing vehicles at night & day is also a very scary thing to deal with when you (me) are in the right lane “motoring” along and quickly you realize your safety is in great peril. It happened to me just a few weeks ago, where a car was passing in a turn and I was on my Harley with my wife and as I rounded the corner there was a car passing no where for me to go. Option 1; avoid the vehicle and drive off the cliff, or Option 2; lay the bike down and slam into the rocky mountain side. Neither looked good for me, so I slammed on my brakes, kept my witts about me and just watched this car comming straight at me before he was able to get back in his lane. With my wife a nervous wreck it wasn’t until I got to Lake Elsinore did I freak out. I’m still alive to ride another day! My whole point is drivers should slow the F*** down and observe the speed limits and if for some reason they are running late they should get up earlier and be safe during their journey through the Ortega Highway. Trust me I have seen more ugly horrific wrecks during the 29 mile stretch of hwy. Be Safe!

  • Jane doe

    This was a terrible accident and an unfortunate one. It’s not fair the guy who caused the whole thing walked away with just a scratch. He was speeding and tailgating the women who stopped to help so she let him pass, as soon as she rounded the corner there he was flipped over so she pulled over to see if he was okay and call for help. Then the motorcyclist(RIP) came as the previous post stated. He barely missed the flipped car and then laid his bike down, struck the women and then the mountain. A very unfortunate accident. The women however didn’t sustain minor injuries, she has had to have her knee reconstructed and a tumor that formed from the trauma removed. Not to mention going thru 6 months of physical therapy and seeing a psychologist because of flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks when motorcyclescome near, ect. This isn’t nearly as bad as the poor motorcyclist and he will be remembered always. It’s yet another reminder to those who drive that road to keep their guard up and be cautious when rounding blind curves because you never know what’s ahead of you.

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