Motorcycle accidents often involve a driving attempting to make a turn and striking a motorcycle with the right of way. This blog has recounted stories of inattentive driving, distracted driving and other influences that may be involved in a California motorcycle accident.
A Southern California couple was injured Wednesday in a crash that authorities believe may have involved a driver who was under the influence. The motorcycle accident occurred around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday. A 24-year-old Fallbrook man was riding a 2010 Kawasaki with his wife as passenger when a man in a pickup truck made a left turn in front of the Kawasaki, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Authorities say the motorcyclists had the right of way as they traveled roughly 50 miles per hour toward the south on South Mission Road in Fallbrook. A 57-year-old Fallbrook man, traveling north cut in front of the Kawasaki while attempting a left -hand turn. The Mazda pickup truck slammed into the motorcycle, ejecting both riders from the bike.
The young husband and wife riding the motorcycle suffered personal injuries in the crash and were taken to Palomar Medical Center. The driver of the pickup truck reportedly suffered minor injuries. The CHP says the pickup driver will be booked on felony charges of driving under the influence based upon the motorcycle accident.
San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyers know that inattentive, distracted and drunk drivers can put motorcyclists at great risk on California’s roads. President Obama has proclaimed this month as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The proclamation acknowledges that this country has made strides in reducing drunk driving fatalities, but more work needs to be done to make our roads safe.
The presidential proclamation recognizes more than drunk driving as the risks motorists face every day on America’s roads. The Obama administration recognizes the risks posed by drunk driving, drugged driving and distracted driving, including the use of cellphones in motor vehicles.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, “Couple injured in suspected DUI accident,” Susan Shroder, Dec. 7, 2011
White House Press Office, “Presidential Proclamation — National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, 2011, Nov. 30, 2011