A motorcycle rider died from injuries sustained in a recent crash on the South Bay Freeway near National City, California. According to investigators, the motorcyclist received emergency care at the scene, but his injuries were too severe for responders to save his life. The driver of the other vehicle was reportedly unharmed.
Accidents are bound to happen when motorcycles and passenger vehicles share California’s roads and highways. These accidents are often quite serious in nature, especially considering the fact that motorcycle riders lack much of the protection afforded other motorists and passengers. Although the use of helmets and other safety gear helps, the injuries suffered in these crashes tend to be severe.
The following are some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes:
- Vehicles making left turns: When drivers make left-hand turns, they may forget about the fact that small vehicles (in the form of motorcycles) may be approaching.
- Alcohol use: It’s incredibly dangerous for both drivers and riders to consume alcohol before hitting the road, as impairment can delay one’s reaction time and make a crash much more likely to occur.
- Distracted driving: Cell phones, food and passengers may all present distractions to motorists, and they may not be paying close enough attention to avoid hitting a motorcyclist.
- Poor road condition: Loose gravel and poorly maintained roads may cause a motorcycle rider to spin out. In some cases, the government agency responsible for road upkeep may be liable, especially if it did not provide proper signage warning of the conditions.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in California, you may be able to seek compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other damages. For more information and guidance, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.