Time and time again, drivers are warned about paying close attention to the road that they share with motorcycles. Motorcycles are small, elusive vehicles that can easily be missed, hidden in the blind spots of other, larger vehicles and accidents involving motorcycles have a higher rate of causing serious injury or death.
On Saturday afternoon, the small size and low visibility of an individual motorcycle could not have been the cause of a California highway accident that proved fatal for a number of people. The accident that occurred on November 13, 2010 involved 12 motorcycles and two automobiles. Four of the cyclists and a passenger riding in one of the two cars tragically lost their lives as a result of the motorcycle accident.
The 12 cyclists were members of California’s Saddle Tramps Motorcycle club on an organized ride planned in celebration of the association’s 10th anniversary. The motorcycle group had been riding along a two-lane highway, east of San Diego in Imperial County when a gold colored Honda Civic crossed into the opposite lane in an attempt to pass the group of motorcycles. At the same moment, a Dodge Avenger was traveling in the opposite direction and had to swerve to avoid the oncoming Honda, striking the pack of motorcycles. The driver of the Dodge remained at the scene while the Honda fled immediately after the accident occurred.
Police have confirmed that the driver of the Dodge was not under the influence of any substance at the time of the accident and have determined that he was not at fault in causing the accident. Law enforcement is currently looking for the driver of the gold Honda Civic, model year ranging from 1995-2000.
Source: LawyersAndSettlements.com “Accident Kills 5, Police Looking for Driver” Lucy Campbell 11/15/10