At around 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th, a DUI driver struck and seriously injured motorcyclists Stuart and Elizabeth Lessing in Fallbrook. The collision occurred at the intersection of South Mission Road and Almond Street, when 57-year-old Randall Arnold turned his truck left into the path of the couple’s 2010 Kawasaki motorcycle, the impact throwing them from the bike. They suffered major trauma and were transported to a nearby hospital. Police arrested Arnold on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, explains a California personal injury lawyer.
San Diego County accounted for 37 of the 383 fatalities and 1,026 of the 10,479 injuries suffered by motorcyclists throughout California in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranks counties for traffic safety based on comparisons to the accident statistics of other counties with similar populations. Higher rankings are considered poor, with 1st place being the worst. That year, San Diego placed 38th for motorcycle safety out of 58 counties.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Stuart and Elizabeth Lessing, the motorcyclists who were struck by the DUI driver and seriously injured last Wednesday.
The North County Times originally reported this accident.
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