Stopping your vehicle on the shoulder of a major thoroughfare carries certain risks, especially at night, but other drivers on the roadway nonetheless have to remain alert in the presence of stopped or disabled vehicles. Otherwise, a single moment of inattention can result in tragedy.
When a motorcyclist is fatally wounded by another driver in a traffic accident, survivors have the right to pursue legal action in a wrongful death suit. Family members who lose a loved one may need to speak with an attorney about exercising their rights in the wake of a fatal crash.
Orange County residents have likely heard about the recent truck accident that killed comedy writer James McNair and sent comedian Tracy Morgan and two others to the hospital in critical condition. What may come as a surprise is that just days before the crash, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a proposed amendment that would effectively relax the current trucker fatigue rules that were put into place just last summer and backed by the Obama administration. The full bill has not yet been passed in the Senate.
Because motorcyclists face a significantly higher risk of injury in the event of a collision, drivers of cars and trucks should always keep an eye out for bikes, especially during the spring and summer months when motorcycle traffic is increased. The curvy roads on California's mountains may be especially hazardous, as was the case recently on Palomar Mountain in San Diego County.