On Saturday, October 19, 27-year-old Michael Slagle, a popular Harley-Davidson salesman, was killed in a collision with an RV in Perris. The driver of the RV was headed northbound on Alexander Street when he pulled out in front of Slagle, who was riding eastbound on Cajalco Road at the time, causing a collision. Slagle suffered fatal trauma in the crash. Currently, there are only stop signs on Alexander controlling the intersection. The posted speed limit on Cajalco-a major thoroughfare connecting interstates 15 and 215 between Corona and Perris that receives about 17,000 cars daily-is 50 mph. The Press-Enterprise reported that, after recording six collisions at the intersection in 2009, Riverside County decided to install signals. Since 2009, 13 crashes have been recorded at the intersection. Traffic lights are scheduled to be installed on Monday, October 28.
The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 6 motorcyclists were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in Perris in 2010. The OTS ranked Perris 67th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Across California, the incidence of motorcyclist fatalities increased 15 percent, from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.
After a fatal motorcycle accident, the family of the fallen rider may hold the party who caused the accident-whether a negligent driver or a government agency that failed to address a known road safety hazard-liable for their loss through the civil justice system. For more information on the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or visit our motorcycle accident page.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Slagle.