Bradley St. John Littlerock: 57-Year-Old Man Identified As Bradley St. John Died In Car Accident While Riding Motorcycle And Hitting Dead Pig On East Avenue T
LITTLEROCK, CALIFORNIA (March 10, 2019) – A 57-year-old man identified as Bradley St. John tragically died in a motorcycle accident after hitting loose pig on East Avenue T before being hit by Toyota Van.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the victim encountered the pig on East Avenue T not far from 94th Street East around 8:00 p.m. Bradley St. John was unable to avoid the dead pig and was ejected from his motorcycle.
Another man in a Toyota Van was behind Bradley St. John and also struck the pig before hitting him. Neither the driver nor his passenger were injured following the crash.
Paramedics rushed to the scene but the victim was later pronounced dead due to his injuries. Efforts are still being made to contact the owner of the pig.
Liability In Accidents Involving Farm Animals
There are a number of laws that govern car accidents with loose animals in California. Liability in vehicle accidents will depend on the type of animal involved. Bears, deer. wild boars and cougars tend not to have owners. With limited exceptions, there generally won’t be any liability for accidents involving wild animals. If an animal is owned by a person or a farm, it should generally be kept confined on the owner’s property.
There are some counties in California that are considered “open range” counties under the law. As the name would suggest, animals in these counties are free to roam openly beyond an owners fenced in perimeter. Open range counties in California are mostly located up north and include Lassen County, Modoc County, Siskiyou County, Plumas County, Sierra County and parts of Shasta County. When a county is not “open range” an owner can be held liable if their animal escapes and causes an accident under California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a).
California Government Food and Agriculture Code Sections 17121 to 17128 lays out the rules for safely confining animals. According to Section 17121, property owners that have livestock must have a fence around their perimeter that is at least 4 feet high with anchor posts and tightly stretched bard wire. A property owner should also do periodic inspections along the perimeter of their fence to make sure that it isn’t falling apart. Animals tend to escape when one section of fence gets broken or damaged.
In addition to negligence on the part of a property owner there may also be negligence on the part of a driver for hitting a downed motorcyclist. Drivers are expected to keep a safe distance with the vehicle ahead of them and drive according to the prevailing conditions. According to California Government Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” Even if the driver ahead of you stops abruptly there should be sufficient distance for a motorist to stop safely.
The family of a victim that dies in a motorcycle accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a wrongful death action can include compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma and loss of love. A wrongful death attorney can evaluate all of the specific facts of your case and let you know what your options are. An attorney can track down the owner of an animal involved in an accident and make sure that evidence is properly preserved.
Investigating A Motorcycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Bradley St. John. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been affected. Any person that may have seen the accident should come forward and speak to officials in Littlerock.
Have you or someone that you love been injured in an accident with a loose farm animal? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We’ve successfully resolved thousands of claims and care deeply about making our communities safer. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need help investigating an accident we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.