During a patrol on Sunday night, a California Highway Patrol helicopter detected a motorcycle travelling with no lights reaching speeds in excess of 100mph. A marked vehicle was dispatched to pursue the driver, but stopped the pursuit after a short chase due to safety concerns. The motorcyclist exited the freeway, continuing at a high rate of speed, unfortunately colliding with an SUV. Sadly, the motorcyclist died at the scene. His identity has not been released as of yet, but it has been reported that his death was caused by head injuries sustained as a result of the accident.
The news report also mentions that the officer discontinued his pursuit due to safety concerns. Many jurisdictions have enacted ‘stop-pursuit’ procedures for instances when the officer feels continuing the pursuit would put the public in danger. California Highway Patrol has also outlined procedures for initiating and discontinuing a pursuit and measures to be taken to stop a perpetrator’s vehicle. The policy as outlined in the manual calls for, among other preventative actions:
Maneuvers Available to Officers During Pursuit
In July, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene shared several Tips for Sharing the Road With Motorcyclists. Those tips bear repeating. In this accident, however, it was the motorcyclist that took chances – speeding and travelling without lights at nighttime – that placed him in what was potential, but turned to inevitable, jeopardy.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be involved with a deadly accident that those driving in passenger vehicles. Other notable statistics include:
Whether operating a car, SUV, truck, or motorcycle, adhering to the rules of the road is a hefty responsibility; and those rules are in place to help keep all of us safe. It is clear that it is imperative we all work together to avoid accidents and injuries on the road.
The Steinger, Iscoe & Greene family has helped thousands of accident victims and their families over the past 17 years. Injury accidents are never simple and they can leave a family grieving for the life they once had or grieving for loved ones lost. We ask that as you and your family are on the road, take as many precautions as possible to keep accidents at bay. Wear your seatbelts. Ensure your vehicle is road-worthy. Check your mirrors before changing lanes. Use your indicators. And if you are riding a motorcycle, wear a helmet; remember there is nothing between you and the asphalt.