At approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 14th, a motorcycle accident in Julian claimed the life of Major Lawrence A. Washington and left another motorcyclist seriously injured. Major Washington collided head-on with the other motorcycle rider while attempting to pass on Wynola Road. The two men were airlifted to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, where Major Washington died from his injuries and the other man remains in critical condition, explains a California personal injury attorney.
In the United States, 5,290 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes and 96,000 were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That year, 47% of the fatal accidents were attributed to collisions between motorcyclists and other types of motor vehicles, with 77% of the motorcyclists struck head on. California accounted for the highest number of the fatalities (537), followed by Florida (523), and Texas (480).
As motorcyclists often have only a helmet protecting them from the vehicles with which they share the road, the risk of sustaining severe or fatal injuries tends to be much greater for them.
Major Lawrence A. Washington was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing as an MV-22 Osprey pilot. Throughout his service, he was awarded an Air Medal with five strike-flight designations, two commendation medals from the Navy and Marine Corps, and an achievement medal from the Marine Corps. Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Major Washington.
We would also like to wish the other rider who was injured in the Julian motorcycle accident a full recovery.
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