A San Diego-area motorcyclist survived a serious accident that almost left him paralyzed this past July. The survivor, 22-year-old Trevor Liening, was riding with more than a dozen others to a local motorcycle show when a Volkswagen Beetle swerved into oncoming traffic. The VW reportedly crossed into Liening’s direct path and collided with his bike.
Liening was ejected from his motorcycle and sustained serious injuries to his legs and spine. He later said that the impact to his back was one centimeter away from causing paralysis. Following the accident, the rider underwent several surgical procedures and was released from the hospital. His immediate recovery will require continual care, however.
California’s motorcycle helmet law
California has strict laws in place regarding motorcycle safety, including the fact that all riders and their passengers must wear helmets whenever a bike is in motion. Additionally, if one person on the motorcycle — either the driver or passenger — is wearing a helmet, but the other is not, they are both considered to be in violation of California state law.
Wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle is not only lawful, but it may also save your life. Helmet use has been proven to greatly reduce a rider’s risk of brain injury and death after a collision. Furthermore, if you are injured in an accident and you are not wearing a helmet, you may not receive just compensation from your insurance provider. Thus, like it or not, failing to wear a helmet is a dangerous risk in our state.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a serious crash, consult the experienced San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP.