Deadly Traffic Accident Reported on Highway 1 in Santa Barbara County 

Two vehicles collided head-on in Santa Barbara County last Thursday, killing Faysal Hekmat, 33. 

It was around 7:40 a.m. when the accident occurred on Highway 1 near Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Hekmat, of Santa Maria, was riding a motorcycle when it collided with an SUV. 

The SUV was reportedly traveling north when it crossed into southbound lanes, causing the crash. 

Upon impact, the rider was ejected and hit by another vehicle. He sadly died at the scene. 

There were also two other vehicles that were damaged as a result of the crash due to debris. 

Additionally, the SUV driver was hospitalized with minor injuries. 

JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Faysal Hekmat.

According to statistics, approximately 80% of accidents involving a motorcycle result in injuries or death. 

Motorcycle accidents, according to the NHTSA, accounted for 14% of motor vehicle accident deaths in 2019. Motorcyclists should be fully aware of the safety challenges in which they face while riding on roads in California. Below are some tips for motorcyclists:

  • Wear proper protection
  • Ride responsibly 
  • Be knowledgeable and practice how to properly operate a motorcycle 
  • Ensure you are licensed prior to operating a motorcycle

Contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111 if you need legal assistance following an accident.

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