Investigators from the California Highway Patrol are working to determine what led to a motorcycle accident that led to the death of a 40-year-old San Diego man in Mission Valley.
According to police, the accident occurred on Route 163 in Mission Valley at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15. The unnamed victim was driving a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle on the eastbound section of the interstate. He reportedly began to veer off the roadway, crossing from right to left and moving into a dirt median.
At that point, the motorcyclist struck a wood and metal barrier. Officers were not immediately certain how fast the rider was traveling at the time of the collision and were still attempting to figure out what caused him to veer off the road in the first place.
Always practice good motorcycle safety
In many cases, a motorcycle crash occurs because another driver fails to account for the fact that other, smaller vehicles may be traveling on a road or highway. However, there are some steps motorcyclists can take to enhance their visibility and reduce the likelihood of a fatal accident.
Motorcyclists, like drivers of any other vehicle, should never operate a bike while overly tried or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and they should remove any potential distractions. They should wear bright and/or reflective clothing so they are more visible at night, and make sure to clearly signal their intentions whenever turning or merging.
Finally, riders should take great caution when approaching certain hazards, such as potholes, loose gravel and sharp turns. While most passenger vehicles can pass through these hazards without much problem, it is much easier for even the most experienced motorcycle riders to lose control and wipe out.
To learn more about your legal options after a serious motorcycle accident, consult an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.