A collision between a motorcycle and a Metrolink train near Camarillo proved fatal when a 23-year-old woman who had been riding as a passenger on the bike was killed. The accident occurred near the intersection of Las Posas Road and Fifth Street, with the motorcycle heading south and the train moving west. Based on the position that the motorcycle ended up in and other evidence, it appears that the rider failed to stop for the moving train. The 26-year-old man who was driving the bike was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. He reportedly suffered serious injuries to his leg and pelvis. Police suspect that he was riding while under the influence of drugs.
The train, which has been carrying over a dozen passengers, stopped in Oxnard so that police could investigate. They hope to piece together the cause of the wreck using statements from the train’s crew as well as a video-recording device attached to the front of the train.
Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, even with the best equipment and training. Riding or driving under the influence of drugs, however, seriously increases the risk of being involved in an accident. Drugs can slow reaction time, dampen reflexes and impair a vehicle operator’s ability to focus on the road. And because bikers and their passengers have so little protection, their injuries in an accident are often severe if not deadly.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you may have rights under the law. Speak with the San Diego intoxicated driver accident attorneys at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire for more information about your legal options in motorcycle wreck cases.