Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Highway 50
One person died as a result of a motorcycle accident on Highway 50 on Sunday night in West Sacramento.
What We Know Right Now
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a motorcycle accident on Sunday, October 29 on Highway 50 took the life of one rider. The motorcycle was traveling on Highway 50 in the westbound lanes, east of Harbour Boulevard. The incident occurred around 6pm.
The Accident Details
Police report that the Yamaha motorcycle was approaching stopped traffic and did not slow down, or could not slow down. The motorcycle crashed into an SUV that was stopped in traffic. The rider was thrown from the bike and died from traumatic injuries suffered. The CHP is still investigating the accident. Two lanes of the highway were closed for more than two and a half hours following the motorcycle accident.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of the motorcyclist during this difficult time.
Cause of the Accident
West Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle riding in West Sacramento is an incredibly popular hobby. Many people use their bikes to commute to and from work, school, and fun. Because of the high volume of traffic that is mixed with motorcycles, the amount of crashes in West Sacramento is high. From 2012 to 2016 there were a total of 56 motorcycle accidents. Four of those accidents resulted in fatalities and eight of the 56 crashes involved alcohol.
The only fatal accident between 2012 and 2016 on Highway 50 in West Sacramento occurred in 2016. The accident did not involve alcohol and it occurred near SR-275. The accident was one of seven that occurred on Highway 50 between 2012 and 2016.
Motorcycle Safety Tips for Slow Moving Traffic
Riding in city traffic or slow-moving traffic anywhere else can be very dangerous for motorcycle riders. An excellent way for you to stay safe when riding in heavy traffic is to be aware of escape lanes. This is done by looking as far ahead as possible to find available space where you can move your bike should you need to make evasive maneuvers.
Another important safety tip is to cover your brakes when riding in slow or stopped traffic. You will need to react quickly when in traffic, which means you don’t have much time to fumble for the brake. Keep a finger on the brake lever and your right toe as close to the brake pedal as possible.
Related Articles by Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Lawyer, Ed Smith:
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- California Highway Patrol Increasing Motorcycle Awareness
- Lane Splitting Statistics That All Motorcyclists Should Know
Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney. Experiencing the loss of a loved one due to a motorcycle accident is devastating and life-changing. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident or suffered an injury in one yourself, please call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for compassionate, friendly, and free advice. I am also available online via my website, AutoAccident.com.
I am proud to say that I belong to a national organization known as the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This organization recognizes trial lawyers who have won or secured settlements worth $1 million or more for clients.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, 2016 Yamaha XV1600 Wild Star by Jacek Halicki. CC BY-SA 4.0.
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