James Kelly Worley, 49, of Poway, was killed in a San Diego car accident when his motorcycle was hit by a vehicle, the morning of November 18, 2011. According to a 10News report, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the Interstate 5 in the Camp Pendleton area of San Diego. Officials say a 23-year-old Camp Pendleton man allowed his Nissan to drift into the motorcyclist’s path. Worley was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. It is not clear if the driver of the Nissan will be cited for the collision.
My heart goes out to the friends and family of James Kelly Worley following this tragic San Diego accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
San Diego Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), nine people were killed and 291 were injured in San Diego motorcycle accidents. Countywide, there were 39 fatalities and 989 involving motorcycle accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Fatal Car Accident?
It is not entirely clear what led to this collision. There are several unanswered questions here. Was the driver of the Nissan under the influence of alcohol? Was this motorist distracted, sleepy, inattentive, or speeding at the time?
Based on this news account, it appears the Nissan, whose driver made an unsafe lane change, cut off Worley. California Vehicle Code Section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle “shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.”
If the driver of the Nissan is determined to have been at fault, he can be held liable for fatal injuries suffered by the victim. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and benefits, loss of companionship, and other related damages. An experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer will better advise victims’ families in such cases about their legal rights and options.