Motorcycle Rider Injured in La Riviera Accident

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July 20, 2019
Edward Smith

Motorcycle Rider Injured in La Riviera Accident

A motorcycle rider was injured in La Riviera on July 17 when slowed traffic caused the biker to collide with a stationary object. The accident happened at about 7:15 in the morning along westbound U.S. 50 just east of Watt Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The traffic slowed, which caused the motorcyclist to make an emergency maneuver, and resulted in the bike hitting the center divide. A fire truck was used to block the HOV lane to allow emergency personnel to transport the injured rider to the hospital. No word has been released on the condition of the motorcycle rider at this time.

What an Injury Lawyer Can Do for You

Injured individuals are vulnerable and often unable to speak for themselves. That is where a personal injury lawyer can help. At our law firm, we believe fighting for our client’s rights is job number one. As soon as we receive your call, our team of investigators head out to the accident site. It is important to see where the accident happened. Sometimes roads are in disrepair and can be hazardous to motorcyclists. This sets the stage for a lawsuit against a government agency in charge of maintenance. 

We are able to talk to witnesses who saw it happen and ask questions. We look for CCTV cameras on traffic lights and businesses. Our investigators obtain footage from the cameras, and if necessary, file a subpoena. With this data, we are able to determine who was at fault. We then structure an insurance claim to recover damages. If the insurance company reneges on its responsibility, we prepare a lawsuit to be presented in civil court. Every step of the way, we are available to answer your questions and talk over how the case is proceeding. 

Why Are Motorcycles So Dangerous?

The risk of dying in a motorcycle accident is 35 times higher than if you were in a passenger vehicle. Some of the reasons are obvious. A motorcycle lacks a metal frame that protects the rider when a crash occurs. The bike also lacks safety devices such as airbags. However, the laws of motion have a great deal to do with accidents. When a motorcycle comes to a sudden stop, the biker continues to move forward. If the speed, deceleration and roadway surface is just right, the biker will be ejected. At a speed of 50 mph, the biker will be thrown twice the distance than he or she would be at 25 mph. So, the likelihood that a motorcycle rider traveling on the highway at 50 mph will be ejected if traffic slows is high. It is important to be alert for changes in speed due to slowdowns or accidents. Leaving enough room between your vehicle and the one in front also helps. 

Reasons Motorcycle Ejections Happen

There are several common reasons a motorcycle rider is thrown from their bike:

  • A motorist opens their door in front of the motorcycle as it is moving.
  • A vehicle pulls out in front of a motorcycle that is traveling down a road.
  • Debris or other road hazards such as potholes cause an imbalance.
  • Inclement weather can make the roads slick and affect stopping.
  • Uneven roads are a particular hazard.
  • Motorcycles hit from behind by a truck or passenger vehicle can cause an ejection.

Motorcycle Rider Ejection Injuries

Hitting the asphalt at roadway speeds can cause serious injuries and are often fatal. The higher the speed, the more likely a fatality will occur. Some common injuries are:

Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyer. Motorcycle injuries can be serious and financially draining. Call me at (916) 921-6400 in the area or (800) 404-5400 toll-free for free and friendly advice. You can also contact me online if it is more convenient.

I’ve helped residents of Sacramento and La Riviera for the past 37 years obtain the compensation they deserve. I’ve worked in areas such as all varieties of car accidents, wrongful death, and other traumatic injuries.

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