California Woman Sues Monterey County, Mazda Raceway For Husband’s Death

A man was killed on his motorcycle after attending a grand prix event in California.The widow of a California man who was killed leaving a motorcycle grand prix event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has filed a lawsuit, claiming the accident was the result of a badly designed exit, according to the Monterey Herald.

Keith Howard Kaiser died on July 25, 2010, after two eastbound motorcycles became entangled trying to make a U-turn. One of the bikes slid across the roadway and hit Kaiser's BMW motorcycle, the impact of which threw him off the vehicle. The paper said Kaiser was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the lawsuit his widow, Jeannine Kaiser, alleges that motorists leaving the U.S. Grand Prix through the Watkins Gate Road exit had to turn east on Reservation Road. The move forced drivers headed to the Bay Area to make a U-turn on a blind curve, reported the news source. The suit said planners knew that a majority of traffic leaving through that exit would be heading toward the Bay Area but negligently forced them to turn east.

In addition, the plaintiff argues that the planners should have reduced the 55 miles per hour speed limit for the event, reported the source. Kaiser is asking for general and compensatory damages for negligence and her loss of economic support and companionship from her deceased husband.

The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that there were 166 motorcycle fatalities in California during the first six months of 2010. The state requires all motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear a helmet.