Motorcycle Injury Crash Near Lake Berryessa

Motorcyclist Injured When Attempting to Pass Another Vehicle

A serious motorcycle injury was reported close to Lake Berryessa in Sonoma County on April 12 after the rider collided with a truck. The accident happened along Highway 128 close to the border with Solano County and the Lake Berryessa dam around 8:25 a.m. The injured rider, identified by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in a news release, was 61-year-old Robert Hoffman, a resident of Rohnert Park. Hoffman was attempting to pass a vehicle when his motorcycle crashed head-on with a Ford F-550 work truck. 

Motorcyclist Hospitalized Following Head-on Collision

Hoffman was transported to Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center for additional evaluation and treatment of his injuries as a result of the crash. The driver of the pickup, a Santa Rosa man, age 38, was uninjured in the collision. This was the second motorcycle crash in Napa County in four days. Two people riding a Harley-Davidson on March 9 were both seriously injured in a collision along Highway 19 near Calistoga when they were involved in a crash with a pickup.

Injuries Commonly Suffered After a Motorcycle Collision

Riders know the risk of being on a motorcycle, and most are careful to avoid a collision. However, circumstances beyond their control can leave a rider with serious injuries, and many of these accidents are caused either by drivers of passenger vehicles, poor road maintenance or defects in their motorcycle. Some of the reasons these accidents occur include:

  • A motorist turns left in front of the motorcycle, resulting in an injury crash.
  • By running a red light or stop sign, a driver hits a motorcyclist in an intersection.
  • The driver or a passenger in the vehicle opens the door of a parked car without first looking to see if a motorcycle is coming.
  • A driver who is tailgating a motorcycle can’t stop in time to avoid a collision, which ejects the rider from their cycle.
  • Poor government maintenance such as debris, oil in the roadway, or potholes leads to a motorcycle injury crash.
  • A defect in the motorcycle brakes causes the rider to become involved in an accident. 

Claiming Compensation Following a Motorcycle Accident Injury

A motorcycle injury crash with another vehicle can cause severe trauma such as brain injuries and multiple broken bones. The rider, as a result, can end up being hospitalized for a long time, which causes medical bills to pile up, loss of wages because of the inability to work and the pain and suffering that goes along with an accident. If the accident was due to a negligent driver or other entity, the injured party may file a claim to recover compensation that covers all those losses. 

Getting Help to Resolve Your Motorcycle Injury Crash Claim

Our motorcycle accident lawyers at can help by compiling the evidence to support your claim and negotiating on your behalf with the insurance company. If negotiations fail and the insurance company is unwilling to pay what you need to cover your losses, the case may be taken to civil court to obtain what you deserve. We’ve handled so many motorcycle accidents successfully, I even wrote a booklet titled the California Motorcycle Accident Handbook, which you can read for free on Amazon. It gives answers to some of the questions riders commonly ask following a motorcycle injury crash.

Vacaville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville motorcycle accident lawyer. When you’ve been injured in a traffic accident by a negligent driver, you have the right to claim compensation to recover the cost of your medical care and other losses. Our injury lawyers are standing by to give you free and friendly advice when you call us at (707) 564-1900. You can also reach us at (800) 404-5400 or by messaging us online. To find out how we’ve helped others in getting the compensation they deserve following a motorcycle collision, look over some of our cases at Verdicts and Settlements.

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