The dangers of passing on a two-lane highway were manifest on February 16, 2016, in Oro Grande, California, an unincorporated area bordering Victorville and Adelanto, California. According to news reports and an eye witness statement, a motorcycle and a Honda hit head on National Trails Highway and Wilderness Court. A witness observed the Honda sedan cross double yellow lines when the driver swerved the vehicle to the left into the oncoming lane as the Honda attempted to pass another vehicle. Unfortunately, once the Honda was in the oncoming traffic lane, a motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction collided head-on. The motorcyclist died shortly after the collision.
On narrow two-lane roadways, one way for vehicles to pass one another is for a vehicle to enter into an opposing traffic lane, then accelerate past the slower vehicle before returning to the through lane. However, this is one of the most dangerous maneuvers a driver can make on any roadway. Why is this the case? First, when entering into an oncoming lane if there is an approaching vehicle, these vehicles are approaching each other at a high rate of speed. For example, if both vehicles are traveling at 60 mph they are approaching each other at a closing speed of 120 mph. Second, there are many times when seeing the opposing vehicle is difficult because of road conditions, weather conditions, sun location or some other unanticipated factor. Third, the passing vehicle has no control over whether the slower vehicle will change its speed. Additionally, if the roadway markings are not closely watched, a passing car can enter into an oncoming lane over a double yellow line and on a blind curve, or in an area known to be unsafe to pass.
The sudden and unnecessary loss of life, such as in this Oro Grande accident is horrific and so senseless when following the traffic rules, signs and street markings would have prevented this loss. There are few true “accidents” when dealing with car crashes. An accident is something which occurs without fault. But collisions such as this one is no accident, it is caused by a willful violation of traffic rules. For those you have suffered losses in Victorville, Adelanto, Hesperia or other locations in the High Desert, consulting with a qualified personal injury attorney can help you establish responsibility for the collision, then hold that individual or company responsible for the damages, harm, and losses suffered by injury victims. Call the Inland Empire Law Group right away to learn your legal rights and remedies for injuries caused by the negligence of another when violating the rules of the road. Make your call now for a free in-depth analysis of your claim. Call locally in the High Desert at 1-760-243-9100, or 909-481-0100, or call our toll free number at 1-888-MY-IE-LAW.