Charles Lowe, 53, of Oxnard died in a fatal Ventura truck accident on Highway 101 after his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer, the Ventura County Star reports . Lowe was reportedly traveling north on the freeway near East Main, when he hit a tractor trailer in the right lane, California Highway Patrol officials said. The motorcycle flipped on to its side and threw Lowe into the road. The driver of the big rig, 27-year-old Javier Tamayo, was reportedly uninjured.
I offer my deepest condolences to Lowe’s family and Charles’ friends for their enormous loss.
Motorcycle accidents have been steadily climbing especially in states such as California and Florida where their popularity is ever-increasing. In 2006 there were 11 motorcycle accident fatalities and 224 reported injuries from motorcycle accidents in Ventura County alone, according to the California Highway Patrol’s motorcycle accident statistics.
It’s not known as this time who was at fault and who caused the accident. CHP’s investigation should reveal more details in the coming weeks. However, if the driver of the big-rig was responsible for causing the fatal accident, he and his employer would be held responsible for the accident and the resulting losses.
Lowe’s family would be well-advised to seek the guidance of an experienced and knowledgeable motorcycle and truck accident attorney, who will investigate this motorcycle accident and look into all possible causes. There are many possible causes: other involved vehicles, some mechanical defect or other motorcycle malfunction or even a dangerous condition on the roadway. Lowe’s family may have substantial rights to compensation if the big-rig driver or anyone else is at fault.
It is also important for Lowe’s family to preserve the motorcycle so it can be examined by an expert for any evidence of the motorcycle accident’s cause, including pre-existing mechanical problems.