At about 8:55 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 61-year-old motorcyclist Michael Lee Ethington was fatally injured in an accident on I-215 near downtown San Bernardino, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling southbound in front of Ethington, a vehicle braked, causing the rider to lose control of his bike and rear-end another vehicle, the impact sending him into the center divider. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
The city of San Bernardino accounted for 1 of the 26 fatalities and 49 of the 467 injuries motorcyclists suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Nationwide, collisions claimed the lives of 4,388 motorcyclists in 2011, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that per mile traveled in 2010, the number of fatalities on motorcycles was about 30 times the number in cars.
In California, families who have lost loved ones in traffic accidents have recourse through the civil justice system and may file wrongful death claims against the at-fault parties in order to hold them liable for their losses. For more information on the civil claims process after a motorcycle accident, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Lee Ethington.
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