A quick Internet search for motorcycle accidents in California will reveal just how common these types of accidents are; with headlines involving motorcycle crashes occurring on a near weekly basis. While these crashes are common, they are also far too often, fatal.
Due to their size and structure it is no wonder that motorcycle riders are at greater risk for accidents, catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Motorcycles are often harder to see, and may be easily obscured by bigger vehicles on the road. The lack of protection between rider and road means that these collisions more often result in serious injuries, including head injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries, paralysis and even death.
An accident just last week on Highway 62 in Desert Hot Springs, California, resulted in a serious collision between a truck and motorcycle with the severity of the crash closing down several lanes of traffic. The motorcycle driver suffered extensive injuries and died in the hospital several days later as a result of the injuries sustained during the crash. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet and there was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident. Nevertheless, this collision still resulted in the tragic death of a 77-year old rider.
These types of accidents are tragic and occur often on our roadways. Even where there are no immediate signs of fault, these accidents often involve negligence such as distracted driving, failure to yield the right of way to motorcyclists, obstructed views or a variety of other factors. Consulting with an experienced attorney after a motorcycle accident can help hold the negligent party responsible and provide damages to the injured party.
Source: KESQ.com, “Motorcyclist dies after serious accident with truck,” Jesus Reyes, Dec. 28, 2017