Scott Owens, a 40-year-old Livermore man was severely injured in a head-on motorcycle accident on Tesla Road in Contra Costa County on Monday night. Shortly before 9 p.m., Mr. Owens was westbound on Tesla Road on what has been described as an “off-road Honda motorcycle,” when he crossed over the center of the road near Vasco Road into the opposing lane of traffic. According to California Highway Patrol OfficerSteve Creel, the “speeding” motorcycle was struck by a 1987 Ford Bronco, going about 40 miles per hour.
The Bronco swerved to the right, went over an embankment and rolled over once landing on its roof. The driver sustained minor injuries. Mr. Owens sustained massive trauma to his left leg and arm, and was taken by helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California. The CHP is investigating whether Mr. Owens was under the influence at the time of the accident, but no such determination has been made public as yet.
As motorcycle accident lawyers who see far too many tragic injuries caused by drinking and riding, we cannot stress enough the importance of being safe, staying alert, and never, ever riding your motorcycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Regardless of the cause of this tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Owens and his family.
Ride safe, stay sunny-side up, and please don’t drink and ride.