California Motorcyclist Killed in Highway 20 Crash West of Burns

Date: June 18, 2015

Location: U.S. Highway 20

Names: Steven A. Gale, Robert Resch, Janet Kluzik

California Motorcyclist Killed in Highway 20 Crash West of Burns

Thursday afternoon a California man was killed when his motorcycle veered into the path of an oncoming pickup on U.S. Highway 20 in Harney County.

Steven A. Gale, 71, of Montara, California, was driving a 2009 Harley Davidson when he rear-ended a 2008 Harley Davidson operated by Robert Resch, 65, of Half Moon Bay, California.

Gale and Resch were traveling together but had become separated and Gale apparently was traveling at a high rate of speed when he collided with Resch, who had just pulled out of a rest area.

Gale was pronounced dead at the scene.

Resch and his passenger, Janet Kluzik, 54, of Half Moon Bay, were both thrown from their motorcycle and taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

The rate of injury and death is much greater for motorcycle accidents than for normal car crashes because the rider is less protected than a driver. Unfortunately, this means a motorcycle rider is more likely to suffer serious injury and need extensive treatment, which will mean high medical bills.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Steven A. Gale and wish everyone else involved a full and speedy recovery.

If someone is injured in a motorcycle accident, like this one, there are several legal options. Unfortunately in Oregon, motorcycle insurance policy holders are not required to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) so most policies don’t have it. If the injury victim does have PIP, it will help pay medical bills and lost wages, no matter who is at fault.

To reach a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance, the injury victim must show the bad driver’s insurance company three things:

  1. That their insured driver was negligent in some way;
  2. That the accident was caused by this negligence; and
  3. That the injury victim suffered damages due to the accident.

If you have any questions about pursuing a motorcycle accident claim, call a Portland motorcycle accident lawyer for a free consultation. Make sure any lawyer you contact has ample experience with motorcycle laws, as this specialized area is different from car accident law.


About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

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