The California Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash which lead to the fatality of a motorcyclist on the Bay Bridge early last Friday, according to new sources. As a San Francisco motorcycle accident attorney, I am saddened to learn of so many recent motorcycle and scooter deaths in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The motorcycle crash, which happened around 2:00am on the eastbound part of the bridge near the Treasure Island off ramp,was apparently caused by the driver of a Nissan Altima, who struck the motorcyclist from behind, causing the rider to be ejected from the motorcycle, and to land on the surface of the bridge some distance away from the bike.
The motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not yet been released by the CHP. Our sincere condolences go out to the family of this stricken biker.
The driver of the Nissan stopped at the scene and has been cooperating with the investigation. So far, there are no reports of drugs or alcohol being a factor in the collision.
As a San Francisco motorcycle accident attorney, I see late night crashes across the Bay Area on a weekly if not a daily basis. Just a few nights ago, a scooter rider was killed when a big rig hit a light pole which then fell into the path of the scooter, causing another needless death. While there is probably nothing that scooter rider could have done to protect themselves, and probably nothing this motorcycle rider could have done to avoid being struck from behind by a distracted driver, I wonder what lessons we can learn as riders and drivers about how to avoid late night crashes. Although I am relieved that this driver stopped at the scene, as many don’t, and that they were not intoxicated at the time of the crash, as many are, I am left wondering what actually happened to cause this crash? It was late at night. Was the driver tired? Distracted? Were their headlights on? Too many unanswered questions on this one. I’ll be following it closely and will update you with any developments as to what may have actually caused this collision.
Claude A. Wyle is a partner of Choulos Choulos, and Wyle, a San Francisco based law firm dedicated to representing clients who have been injured by the wrongful conduct of individuals, corporations, public entities, and businesses. Mr. Wyle also frequently sits as a Judge Pro Tem for the city and county of San Francisco.