Hillsdale Boulevard Accident Causes Injuries to Motorcyclist
A motorcycle crash with a GMC pickup injured a rider in Sacramento on February 27. The collision occurred on Hillsdale Boulevard between Walerga Road and Greenholme Drive around 4:00 in the afternoon, according to the police report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). A security guard was present to direct traffic as police and first responders with Sac Fire arrived at the scene.
Motorcycle Crash Under Investigation to Determine Fault
The accident blocked the slow lane, and it was reported that the motorcycle rider was lying on the ground. The rider was assessed by paramedics and transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center for additional treatment and evaluation. The collision is being investigated by the CHP to discover how it occurred and to assign fault in the incident.
Dangers of a Motorcycle Crash
A motorcycle crash can be catastrophic for the rider. This is largely due to the unprotected stature of the motorcyclist. Unlike a motorist, a motorcyclist lacks a steel cage and safety devices that keep them from being injured.
This is obvious when comparing the fatality rate between cars and motorcycles. Motorcycles have a fatality rate of 72 out of 100,000 bikes, while cars are demonstratively less at 13 per 100,000. Overall, crashes involving a motor vehicle and a motorcycle account for 56 percent of all motorcyclist fatalities.
The statistics reveal that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a motorcycle crash than a motorist. They are also seven times more likely to be injured.
Road Dangers and a Motorcycle Crash
On some occasions, road hazards can cause a motorcycle crash. Such hazards include:
- Oil slicks
- Pavement that is uneven
- Railroad tracks
- Wet leaves
When road hazards are due to a government agency in charge of maintenance, a claim can be filed against the county, state, or city.
Common Causes of a Motorcycle Crash
If you are a motorcyclist, it is best that you become aware of the major reasons for an accident:
- Motorists making a left-hand turn: This type of collision makes up 42 percent of all motorcycle accidents. The motorcycle’s lower visibility and smaller size are largely to blame. However, a motorist is obligated to know what is happening around them and will be found liable for the motorcycle crash.
- Head-on collision: 78 percent of all crashes between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle are due to a head-on collision. Mostly, the motorcyclist is thrown into the air or crushed.
- Reckless driving: This includes driving distracted, speeding, or operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
How a Lawyer Can Help Following a Motorcycle Crash
An experienced law firm with the resources to investigate the motorcycle crash can help the motorcyclist obtain the compensation they deserve. At our firm, we send our investigators to the scene of the accident to examine the roadway for dangers that might have caused the motorcycle crash, interview witnesses, and obtain video footage of the accident. They also review police reports for mistakes and perform accident reconstruction to determine liability. When all the information is available, the investigators turn the data over to our legal team. The injury lawyers use the evidence to build a robust case for our clients.
Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer
My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. Motorcycle accidents cause serious injuries. If you would like my free, friendly advice, phone me at (916) 921-6400 or from long-distance elsewhere in Northern California, I can be reached toll-free at (800) 404-5400. Some prefer to message me online.
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My law office has successfully helped Sacramentans and other Northern Californians since 1982 in obtaining compensation in areas such as motorcycle accidents, car collisions, and wrongful deaths.
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