Shortly before noon on Monday, May 20, a 25-year-old male motorcyclist was fatally injured in a collision in Valley Center. The 45-year-old female driver of a Toyota Avalon turned in front of the rider at the intersection of Valley Center Road and Morningstar Road. In response, the man braked and set down his motorcycle; he proceeded to skid into one of the Toyota’s back tires. He sustained major trauma and was transported to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, where he succumbed to his injuries later that day.
“When a driver’s negligence causes an accident that seriously or fatally harms others, the victims or their families may pursue civil claims against the driver in order to receive compensation for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California motorcycle accident attorney James Ballidis.
San Diego County accounted for 24 of the 348 fatalities and 1,044 of the 9,969 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred across the state in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked San Diego 26th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was fatally injured.
U-T San Diego originally reported this Valley Center collision.
Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.
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