January 20, 2014

Robert Horry, a 43-year-old former player of the LA Lakers, crashed into a motorcycle rider last week hospitalizing the rider.

Reports indicate that Horry was driving down the 105 Freeway near Inglewood just after 5pm last Tuesday. The crash took place slightly after the Normandie Avenue exit.

The California Highway Patrol says that Horry was in the Number 1 lane (next to the HOV lane). A biker, riding a 2013 Yamaha was cutting between the double yellow lines. Despite the sets of double yellow lines, Horry decided to enter the HOV lane and failed to notice the approaching motorcycle. Cutting off the rider with his 2014 Infiniti, Horry smashed into the bike.

The rider, identified as 44-year-old Xerxes Baldonasa of Long Beach, was taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Horry was uninjured, and neither was arrested.

Horry was a player for the LA Lakers from 1997 – 2003 and is now a resident of Richmond, Texas. Throughout his career he also played on the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs.

Of course this accident will receive extra attention for the sole reason that Horry is a high-profile driver, but the damage that inattentive driving causes is universal to anyone on the road. There is also something to be said of the speed that the rider was traveling between lanes. Lawfully, riders should not exceed "safe speeds" when splitting lanes through traffic. This is about 10 mph, and exceeding these speeds can get you a citation for reckless driving. The article does not state that the rider was speeding however, so this is a digressive point.

Splitting double-yellow lines is also illegal, so this is another issue that may cause the rider to share partial responsibility for this accident. Practically, splitting double yellow lines can act as a safety barrier (usually, clearly not in this instance), but by doing so you will technically be breaking the law. However the most important thing to note is that even when a law clearly forbids a driver from doing something, there is nothing to say that the driver is willing to take the risk of receiving a citation, and for this reason breaks the law anyway as was the case in the situation. We should always keep this in the back of our minds when we thing that we are being protected by highway law, because some people simply act in a way that ignores it.

The Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish the rider in this case a speedy recovery, and luck in being compensated for the damage to himself and his bike. Please be careful out there riders.