This week’s question comes from James in the Sunset who asks: “My girlfriend has a Vespa and we want to go riding together. I have seen these “Scoot” vehicles riding all over town. I looked online and have some questions about renting one of these things that I thought I would ask you as I don’t want to get into any trouble riding. I don’t have a motorcycle license and don’t have motorcycle insurance. I have zero experience riding a motorcycle or scooter. I also weigh 265 lbs. What happens if I rent one of these things and get into an accident or if it gets knocked over by someone? What are my rights/responsibilities?”
CHP Officer Killed In Motorcycle Vs. Auto Accident
San Martin, CA, (Tuesday September 19th, 2017) Off duty CHP officer James Branik, 44 of Morgan Hill, was fatally stuck while riding his motorcycle on his way to work early Tuesday morning.
Motorcyclist Fabian Carreras-Hermosillo Killed After Crash With Drunk Driver
A 23-year old Rohnert Park man was killed on August 23, 2017, after being hit by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle. Fabian Carreras-Hermosillo was riding a 2008 Honda CBR 600 motorcycle heading south bound on Snyder Lane, when Robert Bosch of Rohnert Park was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger made a left turn into a shopping center directly in front of Carreras-Hermosillo’s path. Carreras-Hermosillo had no time to stop or slow down to avoid hitting Bosch’s truck and slammed into the side of the vehicle.
Carreras-Hermosillo was ejected off his bike and landed on the street according to police reports. After the initial accident Mr. Bosch hit a sign and stopped his truck. He then began to walk toward the shopping center businesses away from the accident scene.
According to press reports, when officers arrived and detained Bosch they noticed signs of intoxication and arrested him. Carreras-Hermosillo was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but due to the severity of his injuries he passed away on his way to the hospital.
We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Carreras-Hermosillo.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash Occurred After Truck Driver Entered Lane For Opposing Traffic
July 7, 2017 (Carmel Valley, CA) – A motorcyclist was struck and killed by a motorist driving west on Carmel Valley Road at Self ridge lane on Thursday, July 6, 2017, around 12:00 pm.
Big Rig Truck Driver Struck Motorcycle And Fled Scene
July 7, 2017 (San Pablo, CA) – A motorcyclist was struck and killed by a big rig truck driving on westbound Interstate Highway 80 on the morning of July 3, 2017, in the area of El Portal Drive in San Pablo, California.
Fatal Collision On Highway 121 Near Gloria Ferrer Vineyards Caused By Driver Turning Into Motorcyclist’s Right Of Way
Sonoma, CA, (June 7, 2017) – Fifty-year old Pleasant Hill resident Armando Fabila died on Sunday afternoon, June 4, 2017, when his motorcycle collided with a 2106 Chevy Malibu that had turn into his path on the Highway 121 portion south of Sonoma, California. Fabila was traveling south on the Highway 121 portion Arnold Drive toward Wagner Road, the access road to the Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards.
Jacob from San Francisco writes: “My Dad was killed in a motorcycle crash on a country road in the North Bay. It happened at night when it was dark outside. He was heading southbound and as he rounded a curve he collided with a pickup truck that was making a right turn from a side road into the same lane of traffic my Dad was riding. The driver claimed that he didn’t see my dad and that my dad must have been speeding.
The police did not charge the driver with any offense. I don’t understand: my Dad was a safe driver. On the night he died, my Dad was wearing his reflective motorcycle jacket and reflective motorcycle helmet. My Mom is struggling with my Dad’s death and does not know what to do. I have told her she should talk to a lawyer about suing the pickup truck driver. What do you advise?”
Gilroy Intersection Linked To Another Fatal Collision Five Days Before Latest Motorcycle Crash
Gilroy CA, (April 20, 2017) – David Flores, a 62 year old resident of Los Baños, was killed Wednesday night, April 19, 2017, when he collided with an oncoming car near the Gilroy Outlets.
Motorcycle Hit Rear Of SUV As It Made Left Turn
Gilroy, CA (April 17, 2017) – Motorcyclist Richard Martinez was killed in the late afternoon on Saturday, April 15th 2017, after colliding with another vehicle on Leavesley Road in Gilroy, California.