Lance Michael Hagerty, 37, was killed in an El Cajon motorcycle accident the evening of June 24, 2009, 10 news reports. Hagerty was reportedly traveling westbound in the 200 block of West Bradley Avenue when the motorcycle he was riding rear-ended a slower moving vehicle, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office. Hagerty was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family of Lance Michael Hagerty for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (http://www.chp.ca.gov/switrs/pdf/2007-sec8.pdf), there was one fatality and 29 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in El Cajon. In San Diego County as a whole, 50 fatalities and 985 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in 2007.
Based on this newspaper report, it does not appear that Hagerty was traveling at a high rate of speed. However, the vehicle ahead of him may have come to a sudden, unexpected stop or traveling too slowly for traffic conditions.
California Vehicle Code Section 22400 (a) states: "No person shall drive upon a highway at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic unless the reduced speed is necessary for safe operation, because of a grade, or in compliance with law. No person shall bring a vehicle to a complete stop upon a highway so as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic unless the stop is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law."
The family of Lance Michael Hagerty would be well-advised to consult experienced a href="http://www.bestattorney.com/personal_injury.html" target="_blank">California personal injury attorneys who will determine the facts of the case and also whether negligence on part of the slower motorist caused this fatal motorcycle accident. Skilled personal injury attorneys should also look into the presence of any dangerous roadway condition that may have caused or contributed to this motorcycle crash. If that was the case then the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Any claim against a governmental agency must be properly filed within six months of the accident or injury.