Santa Cruz County, CA (November 14, 2023) A 62-year-old man on a motorcycle was killed on Saturday, November 11th, on Highway 1, according to the California Highway Patrol. The fatal collision happened in the southbound lanes of State Route 1 shortly after 2:00 p.m. at Dimeo Lane in Santa Cruz County.
The motorcyclist, a Los Gatos resident, was riding a red 2008 Victory Vision south on the highway. A white 2003 Toyota Tundra was also heading south on Highway 1. The California Highway Patrol said that reports from witnesses indicate that the pickup “cut off” the motorcycle as it merged onto the highway from Dimeo Lane.
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Paramedics arrived at the scene and found the 62-year-old motorcyclist on the highway with life-threatening injuries. Officers said that the man was semi-responsive when they first arrived at the scene. He was speaking to the paramedics but he wasn’t able to move. Shortly after, he passed away at the scene of the accident on Highway 1, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The two occupants of the pickup weren’t injured in this collision, but remained at the scene and cooperated with officers. Tow trucks were called to remove both the pickup and the motorcycle from the scene and take them in as evidence. The California Highway Patrol is leading the investigation into this fatal collision on Highway 1 in Santa Cruz County. They do not believe that drugs or alcohol was a factor in this crash, but want to determine what exactly happened in this fatal collision.
Liability In Santa Cruz County Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists have a naturally small profile and are more likely to be overlooked by other drivers. Many collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous lane changes. According to California Vehicle Code 22107, “No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a motorcycle accident including:
- Drunk driving
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
The family of any victim that died in a motorcycle accident may be able to seek aid through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.
Investigating A Santa Cruz County Motorcycle Accident
We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of the motorcyclist killed in this collision. Anyone who may have additional information regarding this case should reach out to us. A full investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
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