In a chilling reminder of the devastation that can be caused by “road rage,” a Spring Valley accident took the life of a man on a motorcycle when he collided with a car near a shopping center parking lot.
While the details are unclear, it appears that the driver of the car had just left a McDonald’s restaurant “in a rage” because he was unable to buy a cup of coffee. Employees stated that the man was very angry that the restaurant’s system was down and left the parking lot quickly just before colliding with the motorcycle.
The California Highway Patrol states that the victim was traveling westbound on Jamacha Boulevard near Sweetwater Road. He was identified only as a man in his 20s. He apparently collided with the car as the driver attempted to turn left onto Jamacha. The driver of the car was not injured, but the motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver was questioned but has not yet been arrested. He claims that the incident at McDonald’s had nothing to do with the crash.
While motorcycle riders are not inherently unsafe drivers, motorcycle crashes result in death and serious injury far more often than car accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of motorcycle-related crashes decreased to an all-time low in 2008, while deaths from motorcycle accidents doubled between 1999 and 2008. What this data means is that fewer motorcycle riders are being involved in crashes but a much higher percentage of those who do crash are killed than ever before.
One of the reasons for this phenomenon may be that drivers are becoming more aggressive and more likely to hit a motorcycle rider at a high rate of speed. As in this case, many drivers fail to yield to motorcyclists and show little concern for their safety. At the same time, motorcycle riders have far less physical protection than those in passenger vehicles, so their injuries are likely to be far more serious.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the driver who hit you may be responsible for paying for your medical bills and other expenses. Contact Daniel M. Gilleon at the Gilleon Law Firm, APC for a consultation to learn more about how to hold the driver who caused your accident accountable.