Disabled vehicles on the freeway can be a very dangerous for both the occupants of the disabled vehicle as well as the traveling public. In my 25 years of practice, I have handled accidents where the disabled vehicle was off the road and a drunk driver struck the vehicle and our client. In other instances, a drunk driver crashed his car on the freeway, then left the unlit disabled car in the lanes of the freeway to be struck be an unsuspecting motorist.
When I read the news of a 19 year old Apple Valley motorcyclist who was struck by two vehicles on the side of the 10 freeway in Pomona on June 8 2013, I could only imagine the trauma and heartache the deceased’s family was experiencing. I express my sincere condolences to the family of this motorcyclists.
The information available at the time of this blog was that a 2009 Suzuki motorcycle, had become disabled in the number 2 lane (this is the second lane from the center). It was 12:30 a.m. when the motorcyclist got off the motorcycle. While he was standing on the freeway, a truck came up on the cyclist and struck him. The impact sent the motorcyclist into the next lane where he was struck again by another car as it was passing by. The motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene.
The report even included a secondary accident between two other vehicles which collided in their attempt to avoid the earlier accident.
A separate accident on that same night in Corona on June 8, 2013, took the life of another 19 year old from Highland, California when the car he began disabled and was on the shoulder of the 91 freeway. Another driver, veered off the freeway and struck the broken down car killing the young passenger.
These two accidents happened just a few miles, one in the dark of night, the other in the middle of the day. Drivers must be constantly vigilant to expect the unexpected and to be prepared for any change in the circumstances on the road. Disabled cars and motorcycles on the freeway occur more often than you might imagine.
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