Two motorcyclists and the driver of a SUV suffered major injuries in a San Bernardino car accident, the night of May 6, 2012. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the injury crash occurred on Highway 18 near Inspiration Drive in Running Springs. California Highway Patrol officials said Justin Kilgore, 30, was riding a 2009 Harley-Davidson southbound and was being followed closely by Michael Anson, 30, who was riding a 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan.
At the time, a northbound Subaru Outback driven by 21-year-old Justin Evans crossed the double yellow line. Kilgore’s Harley struck the left front of the Subaru. Kilgore was thrown from the bike. Anson, who was right behind Kilgore, was also thrown after his motorcycle hit the SUV. Kilgore, Anson and Evans were transported to area hospitals for treatment. It is not clear if any charges will be filed.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash, especially the two motorcyclists who have been severely injured. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
San Bernardino Motorcycle Accidents
According to CHP’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were nine fatalities and 170 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. During the same year, countywide, 32 people died and 450 were injured due to motorcycle accidents.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on the news article, it appears that the driver of the Subaru, Evans, crossed the double yellow lines and collided with the motorcycles. California Vehicle Code Section 21651 (a) states: “Whenever a highway has been divided into two or more roadways by means of intermittent barriers or by means of a dividing section of not less than two feet in width, either unpaved or delineated by curbs, double-parallel lines, or other markings on the roadway, it is unlawful…to drive any vehicle over, upon, or across the dividing section.”
It is not clear what caused the driver of the Subaru to enter opposing lanes of traffic. Was he under the influence? Was he traveling at a high rate of speed? Was he distracted or inattentive? If Evans is determined to have been at fault, then, he can be held liable for the motorcyclists’ injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Motorcycle accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.