On Monday, March 21 at around 6 a.m. 61-year-old motorcyclist Paul Allen Palika suffered a fatal collision with an SUV in San Diego. The Oceanside resident was riding south on Interstate 805 near Balboa Avenue when a gray Lexus SUV traveling in front of him spun out on the rain-slicked freeway. According to investigators, Palika was unable to avoid the SUV and was ejected from his bike when he struck it. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The freeway was closed until 8 a.m. while authorities investigated the accident, explains a California injury lawyer.
From 1992 to 2009, the number of fatalities suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents, including motorcyclists, decreased by 26.8 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s most recently released accident statistics. During this same period of time, the injury rate for vehicle occupants, including motorcyclists, decreased by 40 percent. In 2009, motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of 4,462 riders and injured another 90,000.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Paul Allen Palika, the motorcyclist who suffered the fatal collision with the SUV in San Diego last Monday.
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