May 16, 2014

Mercury News reports that a 47-year-old man was killed Tuesday afternoon in an accident on Highway-1 in Santa Cruz.

The victim has been identified as William Kilday of San Jose. According to Officer Brad Sadek of the California Highway Patrol, Kilday was on a 2006 Harley Davidson Sportster headed south on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Just before 4 pm and near the Morrissey Boulevard exit, the driver of 2000 GMC 3500 pickup who was in front of Kilday began to slow for traffic. For reasons still under investigation, Kilday collided with the back of the pickup and was ejected from the bike.

Authorities on-scene pronounced Kilday dead. The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as a 49-year-old Watsonville resident.

Two of the three lanes of Highway-1 were closed from the time of the accident until approximately 5:30 pm.

It’s a dangerous assumption to make, that as motorcycles we’re capable of stopping more quickly than the larger vehicles we share the roads with. I know I have been surprised by the lackluster performance of some motorcycle brakes on occasion, especially if there are any issues with traction on the road. Confounding this is that the beauty of PCH can be distracting in itself, and that riding at dusk can be pose issues with glare.

The San Francisco Bay Area motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest condolences to the affected family and friends of Mr. Kilday, and beg our readers to please be safe out on the roadways.