Some car drivers are so bad that they just should not be licensed. Some are driving around without licenses at all. Here's one that takes the cake:
On Tuesday morning, 23 year-old Juan Carlos Avendan Ortiz, of Rohnert Park (Sonoma County), California, was driving his Jetta on the northbound 101 in Santa Rosa, when he collided with a Dodge Ram. Shortly after 10am, the CHP responded to a call about the accident. Officers arrived, and cleared the crash from the roadway, and the Dodge driver was able to exit the freeway without further incident. Things did not go so well for the idiot in the Jetta.
A motorcycle CHP officer rode ahead on the freeway, to escort the Jetta to the off-ramp. They didn't make it. The driver of the Jetta "made an abrupt turn to the right while trying to exit and struck the officer." The motorcycle cop was thrown from the bike, and suffered what the CHP has described as "minor injuries."
Mr. Ortiz should be in prison. According to the California Highway Patrol, he was driving without a license, has two prior convictions for driving without a license, and is currently on probation. I guess he is going to have to kill one of us before they throw him in lockup.
This should remind you to make sure you carry plenty of insurance, including uninsured coverage. Many cars and drivers in this state are uninsured – as many as 1/3, according to some studies. Getting in a motorcycle accident is never good. Having it bankrupt you because the idiot who hit you was uninsured makes a bad situation even worse.
Be careful out there, take a motorcycle safety course, and please wear proper safety equipment. The streets and highways of California are a dangerous place to ride a motorcycle. Mitigate the danger from factors you can't control, like negligent, unlicensed, and uninsured drivers, by making smart decisions with the factors you can control, like wearing a DOT approved helmet, and getting proper motorcycle safety training.