Shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 58-year-old Anthony Mario Macias was killed and two others were injured, one critically, in a motorcycle accident in Big Bear City. While traveling southbound on State Route 18 on a 2005 Harley Davidson, Macias rear-ended a 2011 Honda Accord that was stopped for a car turning left onto Delta Way, the impact sending the bike into the opposing lane of traffic, where it collided with a 2011 Harley Davidson. Macias and his female passenger where thrown from the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene; the female was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center to receive treatment for major trauma. Bjarne Rahbek, the other rider, suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the Honda was not hurt. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“After a crash resulting in serious injury or fatality, an investigation will be conducted to determine its cause and if the negligence of any of those involved contributed to the accident,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis. “The victims may then seek compensation from the negligent party for expenses associated with their injuries or losses.”
Throughout San Bernardino County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 26 motorcyclists and injured 467 others, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident data of counties with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, San Bernardino ranked 43rd out of 58 counties.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Anthony Mario Macias, the man killed in the motorcycle accident in Big Bear City. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the rider and passenger who were injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this crash.
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If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California motorcycle injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.
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