One motorcyclist died and another suffered serious injuries after their bike was rear-ended by a passenger vehicle in Lakeside the evening of Saturday, June 3. The driver of the sedan was also injured in the crash.
According to local police, the two riders were a married couple from El Cajon. The accident occurred at approximately 8:50 p.m. that evening on Winter Gardens Boulevard near its intersection with Gay Rio Drive.
The 37-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The man and the driver of the vehicle were both transported by paramedics to be treated for their injuries at a nearby hospital. There was not any information initially available regarding their injuries. The California Highway Patrol continued to investigate the accident in its aftermath.
Determining liability in rear-end collisions
A driver who rear-ends another vehicle is almost always considered at least partially negligent (in partial negligence states), if not entirely so. All drivers owe a duty of care to the other drivers on the road, which includes following at a reasonably safe distance. A driver who follows other vehicles too closely will not have as much time to respond to sudden slowing or stopping of traffic.
There are, however, a few scenarios in which the driver of the vehicle that was rear-ended could be considered negligent. If that driver suddenly reversed on the road, did not have functioning brake lights, did not pull over to resolve a flat tire or makes a sudden stop to make a turn (but does not then execute that turn), that driver could bear responsibility for the crash.
For further guidance on how you should proceed after a serious car or motorcycle accident in southern California, meet with an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.