At about 11:15 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2014, 56-year-old motorcyclist Michael Clifton, of Costa Mesa, was killed in a head-on crash on the Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling westbound in a Honda Accord, a 24-year-old Lake Elsinore man crossed into the eastbound lane to pass slower moving traffic and collided head-on with Clifton, who was riding eastbound at the time. The impact threw him from his Suzuki motorcycle. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene minutes later. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
Across California, the number of motorcyclists killed in crashes increased 15 percent from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current data. Riverside County recorded no rider fatalities that year and three injuries. The California Highway Patrol’s accident statistics indicate that improper passing was a primary collision factor in 26 of the crashes that resulted in death and 1,242 of those that caused injury.
In California, when a motorist’s negligence claims the life of another, the family of the victim may hold the motorist liable for their loss through the civil claims process. For more information on filing a civil claim after a collision, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Clifton.
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