I-80 Accident Involving Sedan and Motorcycle Causes Major Injury
A motorcycle collision with a sedan caused a major injury in Sacramento on November 8 at a freeway off-ramp. The accident happened between a Ducati motorcycle rider and a Toyota Corolla around 9:09 a.m., according to the report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). It occurred on eastbound I-80 at the Greenback Lane off-ramp in the Foot Hill Farms area and blocked the ramp.
Accident Investigation to Determine Cause of Motorcycle Collision
The roadway was cleared about an hour later, and both vehicles were towed and placed in storage. The CHP is carrying out an investigation into the cause of the motorcycle accident and will assign fault when it has been determined how the collision occurred.
Causes of a Major Injury Accident on a Freeway
Because traffic is more congested and speeds are faster along a freeway, it is fairly common for someone to suffer a major injury in an accident. Some of the reasons a major motorcyclist injury occurs include:
- Speeding: A driver has less control over their vehicle when speeding and needs a longer distance in which to stop in an emergency. This can cause a motorcycle collision.
- Lane splitting: Motorcycle riders commonly lane split in California, which means they ride between the lanes to pass. If a driver doesn’t check for an oncoming rider or has their radio on too loud to hear one, it can cause a collision if they change lanes.
- Drunk driving: A drunk driver is a danger to everyone sharing the roadway because they can’t judge their distances from other vehicles and have slowed reaction times.
- Merging from an on-ramp: Exit and entrance ramps can be tricky to navigate, and some motorists rush to merge or take risks, which can result in a motorcycle collision.
- Driver distraction: A motorist who is texting, chatting with passengers, talking on a cell phone or performing other activities instead of focusing on the road and surrounding traffic can cause a motorcycle collision or accident with other vehicles.
- Road debris: Because motorcycles are much less stable than motor vehicles, debris in the roadway can easily cause a crash. On freeways, debris, oil spills, and other problems may be hard for a motorcycle rider to avoid due to the heavy traffic and higher speeds.
- Road maintenance: A poorly maintained roadway may contain potholes, fissures or upheavals, and other problems that can cause a motorcycle collision. In the event of an injury to a motorcyclist, the government entity in charge of maintenance may be held legally responsible.
The Right to Compensation Following a Motorcycle Collision
An injury lawyer’s job is to fight for their client’s right to fair compensation after they’ve been injured in a motorcycle collision by a negligent driver. Over the years, we’ve been successful many times in doing just that. We understand the sometimes underlying prejudice against motorcyclists by insurance companies and juries and know how to combat it. By collecting evidence, we can build a strong case to support the client’s claim, which includes the following:
- Checking the police report for errors
- Examining traffic and business surveillance cameras to see if the motorcycle collision was captured on tape
- Interviewing the witnesses who saw the accident happen
- Performing accident reconstruction, which often shows which party was negligent
Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. If you were injured by a negligent driver or other entity, call us for our free and friendly advice on whether you can file a claim to recover compensation against the at-fault party. We can be reached at (916) 921-6400. You can also contact us at (800) 404-5400 or online.
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