I’m growing weary of reading these kinds of stories, and they seem to be happening with more and more frequency. A biker rips past a CHP officer in excess of the speed limit. The CHP hits his lights, and the pursuit is on. The motorcyclist must then make a choice. Pull over, or pull a “Bo and Luke Duke,” and try to outrun the police?
Hey, if you happen to be starring in your own television show and there’s cameras following you, by all means, put on a good show and run. But if it happens to be real life, with real life and death consequences, just pull over. Would you risk your life to avoid a speeding ticket? Seriously?? Of course not. But week after week, we find that there are riders out there who will. Often with grisly consequences.
Last night, on Highway 101 in Redwood City, two men (Grant and Joseph Coles) were caught speeding on a 1992 Suzuki motorcycle. When the CHP tried to pull them over, they took off. Eventually, for some unknown reason, the motorcycle went across the freeway and collided with an oncoming CHP vehicle. The officer driving that car was not seriously hurt. The older Cole died, the younger is in bad shape. What were these guys thinking? Stupid stunts like this create a danger not just to the riders, but to everyone on the road. It also raises our insurance rates and taxes, and lowers the public’s view of motorcyclists.
As motorcycle accident lawyers, we see tragic accidents every day throughout California. This one was completely avoidable. Be safe. Be smart. Stay alert. And if you’re caught speeding, just pull over.