San Juan Avenue Motorcycle Accident Involves SUV Driver
A motorcycle accident with an Isuzu SUV resulted in major injuries to the rider in Fair Oaks on April 21. The accident happened around 3:55 p.m. along San Juan Avenue between Heather and Camellia roads, blocking the southbound lanes. A tow was required to remove the touring bike the rider was on, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) incident report.
Rider Transported to Hospital With Major Injury
The rider was determined to have suffered a broken leg and was transported to a hospital for care and additional evaluation. An investigation by CHP traffic officers is being conducted to determine which driver was at fault for the collision and how it happened.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle crashes often result in serious injuries, which can lead to hospitalization, high medical expenses, lost work time and severe pain and suffering. Motorcyclists who suffer injuries due to negligent drivers, poorly maintained roads, or defective parts of their bikes may be entitled to compensation. The compensation we seek for our clients has been successful many times over the years.
The Causes of a Major Motorcycle Collision
Motorcyclists are frequently injured by motorists, but other factors can also lead to liability. These accidents can occur in a variety of ways, such as:
- Turning motorists: A major injury motorcycle accident is most often caused by a motorist making a turn in front of a motorcyclist. Motorists making turns either claim they didn’t see the motorcycle, try to beat them across the road, or misjudge the motorcycle’s speed and distance. A rider can suffer traumatic injuries either way.
- Rear-end collision: When the driver of a passenger vehicle strikes a motorcycle in the rear, it can end up causing the rider to be ejected. Even though a motorcyclist is wearing a protective helmet, this can still cause a serious head injury to the rider, broken bones, and other trauma.
- Distracted driving: In all types of traffic collisions, distracted driving is a major contributing factor. A distracted driver isn’t paying attention to traffic when texting, talking on a cell phone, or doing anything else distracting.
- Lane-splitting: Lane-splitting is commonly practiced by motorcycle riders in California, but it does pose some safety hazards. A motorcycle crash can occur when a driver changes lanes without checking for lane-splitters and a rider is passing next to them.
- Defective motorcycle parts: An accident may be caused by defective motorcycle parts such as brakes, steering, tires, and other components. Product liability claims may be filed against the manufacturer and others in these cases. Negligence doesn’t have to be shown in these claims, only that the defective part was unchanged and used as intended.
- Lack of proper road maintenance: An improperly maintained road can cause a motorcycle accident. The government entity in charge may be liable for accident injuries caused by potholes, fissures, upheavals in the pavement, gravel, or other factors. However, because the statute of limitations for filing a government claim is six months, getting assistance from an injury lawyer might be advisable. If the claim is filed after the six-month period, the court will refuse to hear the case.
Fair Oaks Personal Injury Lawyer
I am Ed Smith, and I’m a Fair Oaks personal injury lawyer. Motorcycle collisions are often associated with severe injuries, hospitalization and lost wages, along with pain and suffering. An injured person might be able to recover compensation with the help of an accident attorney if the crash was caused by another’s negligence. You can reach us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for friendly and free advice. Online messages can also be sent to us.
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