March 27, 2014

A rider was killed when a woman mistakenly pulled her Toyota car in front of him, causing a collision that threw the rider from his bike.

23-year-old Christopher Harty was riding his 2013 Aprilia motorcycle on E Santiago Canyon Rd, when a 38-year-old woman waiting at a stop sign pulled her car in front of him.

At the time, investigators estimate Harty was traveling between 65 and 75 miles per hour, which is above the legal limit of 50 to 55.

The impact was so great that it embedded the Aprilia into the front of the car, ejecting Harty from the bike and onto the pavement. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The woman who was driving the Toyota was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. She was neither arrested nor charged with any crime.

When car drivers make mistakes, it’s riders who all too often pay the price. Given that excessive speeds are being reported by authorities, it’s possible that they will side with the surviving party, citing the rider’s speeding as cause for the incident. As riders, even if we’re on an open road and even if we believe we’re highly visible, we need to take extreme care when approaching latent vehicles.

It’s not our responsibility in the name of the law but rather theirs. It’s our responsibility because no matter what happens after the accident, the person in the car will likely walk away while we do not.

The Orange County motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish our deepest condolences to the affected family and friends of the downed rider. We beg you readers to please take care and look out for yourselves out on the roads, because for many drivers you might as well be invisible.