Roseville Motorcyclist is Killed on Highway 65
I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville Motorcycle Accident Attorney. While the region is known for its beautiful outdoor weather, everyone should still use caution when riding on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, one motorcyclist lost his life while riding on Highway 65 in Roseville.
Motorcyclist Collides with a Nissan
On the afternoon of July 3, 2017, a 51-year-old man from Red Bluff was riding his motorcycle on Highway 65 in Roseville. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers, the motorcycle accident occurred on the southbound side of the highway near the Pleasant Grove Boulevard crossing just before 5 PM local time. According to witnesses, there was heavy traffic just ahead of that point. Vehicles on the highway were slowing to a stop. The motorcyclist rear-ended a Nissan Altima near this crossing. Based on reports, the motorcyclist was traveling at around 50 MPH and struck the left, rear side of the car.
The Motorcyclist was Ejected
After rear-ending the Nissan Altima, the rider was ejected from his motorcycle and landed on the pavement. At this speed, a person is at risk for suffering numerous traumatic injuries, such as bone fractures, even if he was wearing his helmet. Emergency personnel were contacted and immediately responded to the scene. Unfortunately, the rider was quickly pronounced dead by the first responders. The name of the motorcyclist was not released because his family must still be notified. The driver of the Nissan Altima involved in the auto accident was transported to the Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment of relatively minor injuries. After the accident, the southbound lanes of Highway 65 near Pleasant Grove Boulevard were shut down for around an hour and a half so that an investigation could be conducted. At this time, drunk driving does not appear to have played any role in the accident.
Proper Following Distance is Key
When a report states that someone rear-ended another vehicle at around 50 MPH, it is clear that the person did not have enough time to stop. This is likely because the driver was following too closely. Few drivers leave enough space between their vehicle and the one in front of them, decreasing the time they have to react when a car in front of them stops short. As a rule of thumb, a driver should leave one car length between them and the vehicle in front of them for every ten MPH of speed. In this case, the driver should have left five car lengths between his motorcycle and the car in front of him. More space is recommended if the surface is wet or slick. This will reduce the chance of catastrophic personal injuries that develop in an accident.
Roseville Wrongful Death Lawyer & Motorcycle Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville Motorcycle Accident Attorney. Motorcyclists should always use the proper safety precautions while riding on the open road. If you or someone you know has been hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident, please contact me at (916) 921-6400 for friendly, free advice. Anyone reaching out to me from beyond the greater Roseville area is welcome to call my toll-free number at (800) 404-5400.
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