Robert John Ross, 60, was killed in a California motorcycle accident after he lost control on a curve on Highway 58 in San Luis Obispo County, California and crashed. According to a news report in the Ventura County Star, Ross was critically injured in an August 9, 2009 collision that involved three motorcycles and a truck. He was eastbound behind two other motorcyclists, when all three riders inched over double yellow lines on a curve, and into the opposite lane, California Highway Patrol officials said. The lead rider then sideswiped a large trailer being pulled by a westbound pickup truck causing all three motorcyclists to lose control and crash.

The first rider, 39-year-old Kurt Strauser, suffered minor to moderate injuries while 60-year-old Michael Robert, the other motorcyclist, sustained major injuries. The driver of the pickup, 36-year-old Gonzalo Juarez, was not injured. Ross was thrown off his bike and died at a local hospital. CHP officials said Juarez was not suspected of any wrongdoing and that the motorcyclists may have been traveling too fast to negotiate the curve. It's however, not known how fast they were going.

California Motorcycle Accidents On the Rise

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Robert John Ross for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I also wish the injured victims of this
car accident -- Strauser and Robert -- the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep the injured victims and Ross' grieving family members in your prayers.

According to the CHP's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), six fatalities and 102 injuries were reported in San Luis Obispo County as a result of motorcycle accidents. Nationwide and in Southern California, motorcycle accidents have increased with a rise in motorcycle ownership. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, there were 980 motorcycle accidents in Orange County in 2007, which resulted in 24 fatalities. By comparison there were 3,472 motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles County and 714 in Riverside County in 2007. According to CHP officials, Southern California has a high incidence of motorcycle crashes because motorcycles are popular here due to year-round good weather.

California Motorcycle Accident Attorney

In any such case that involves more than one or two vehicles and where negligence or wrongdoing may be involved, it is always in the best interest of victims and their families to seek the counsel of an experienced California personal injury lawyer. A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer will look into all aspects of the crash including the role of the pickup truck driver and the possibility of a dangerous condition on the roadway, which may have caused or contributed to this tragic accident.