A 36-year-old man was killed in an accident when his motorcycle reportedly struck a vehicle in front of him. Police say the accident occurred on El Camino Real near Basel Street in Oceanside the afternoon of February 3. The motorcyclist was driving behind a sedan when the sedan’s driver made a U-turn in front of him. The motorcyclist was unable to slow down in time and struck the sedan on the passenger’s side.
The force of the impact ejected the rider from the bike. When officers arrived to the accident scene, the man was not breathing. He reportedly died a short time later at a nearby medical center.
Motorcycle accidents inherently dangerous
Drivers must exercise a certain standard of care and caution when on the road, watching out for smaller vehicles like motorcycles. Before making U-turns, for example, all drivers must be certain that it is safe to do so, checking for vehicles both behind and in front of them before proceeding to make the turn.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are inherently more dangerous than crashes involving other types of vehicles, as riders do not have protections like air bags, seatbelts and large steel frames surrounding them. To that end, all motorists should be vigilant in ensuring our roads and highways are safe for everyone — including motorcyclists.
Riders can do their part by wearing reflective clothing to make themselves as visible as possible, and by wearing helmets and other protective gear.
To learn more about how you might proceed if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, speak with a knowledgeable San Diego personal injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.