A male motorcyclist lost his life on Monday, August 24th, after crashing his bike on Highway 178 in the Weldon area of California. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Diether Joseph Bereck Zajac, a 40-year-old Sun City resident.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around noon near Vista Grande Drive. Zajac crossed the solid double yellow lines and lost control of his bike, causing it to overturn and eject him.
The accident report disclosed that despite wearing a helmet, the victim suffered significant injuries and passed away while undergoing treatment at Kern Medical. There is no additional information.
Under the California Vehicle Code 21460, it is illegal for an individual operating a vehicle to cross the solid double yellow lines demarcating the roadway. There are exceptions to this rule and specific instances when a person can cross the line without committing an offense.
A driver attempting to pass a slower vehicle must ensure that the yellow lines closest to him or her are broken (dashed). If trying to make a U-turn, ensure that the lines are broken on the inside and create a turning sign. In this instance, a driver can use the center lane to make a U-turn or turn left.
Another exception is when turning into or out of a private driveway. A driver can also cross the solid double yellow lines to get out of the way of an emergency vehicle. Turning outside these exceptions means getting a ticket and a hefty fine.
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