Motorcycle Rider Saved By Off-Duty Nurse in Citrus Heights
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyer. A recent collision almost ended in tragedy for a motorcycle rider except for the quick thinking and action by a nurse in Citrus Heights who happened to be off-duty. The man’s motorcycle had crashed with a truck, and the collision had left him with no pulse. The registered nurse, who stopped to try and help before the arrival of Sacramento firefighters and police from Citrus Heights, performed CPR until first responders arrived to take over. According to Lt. David Gutierrez, the man’s life was saved when his heart started beating once more.
According to a representative of the Citrus Heights Police Department, they received a phone call stating that a collision had occurred between a motorcycle and a truck. It was reported that the truck had performed a U-turn that was illegal. No additional information has been released on the condition or identity of the motorcycle rider or whether the truck driver was cited in the accident.
Motorcyclist Fatalities Rose in 2016
Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that fatalities to motorcyclists caused by motor vehicle collisions rose by 5.1 percent in 2016 from the previous year. With nationwide deaths of 5,286, the numbers have risen every year since 2007. One of the reasons is the increase in the number of motorcycle owners. Negligence, on the part of both drivers of passenger vehicles and motorcyclists themselves, is a factor in the majority of crashes that cause severe injuries and fatalities.
Common Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents
According to statistics, 72 percent of all motorcycle crashes that happen with other vehicles are front-end collisions. The number of rear-end collisions to motorcycles is only 7 percent. The most common reasons for motorcycle collisions with a motor vehicle are as follows:
- A car makes a left turn in front of a motorcyclist, causing an accident. This may be due to failure to yield the right of way or by misjudging the speed of the rider.
- Speeding is a significant cause of both motor vehicle and motorcycle crashes. Increased speed means a driver or rider has less control over the vehicle and needs more time and distance to stop.
- Lane splitting by a motorcyclist can be dangerous; however, motor vehicle drivers can also be at fault for an accident by not yielding or not paying attention to traffic.
- Road conditions such as potholes, cracks, missing street signs and overhanging foliage can cause a collision between a motorcycle and vehicle. Since government entities are responsible for road defects and other problems on the streets, an injured rider can seek compensation for injuries incurred in an accident caused by these types of negligence.
- Opening car doors cause collisions with motorcyclists when the driver of a vehicle does not look for oncoming traffic.
- Defective parts in a motorcycle such as brakes can cause a collision.
- Drunk driving contributes to many motorcycle and vehicle crashes every year. Both drivers and riders may be guilty of drunk driving.
- Inexperience in either a driver or motorcycle rider contributes to accidents.
- A vehicle driver changing lanes without looking or when a motorcycle is in the car’s blind spot causes collisions.
Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyer. If you or a loved one were injured on a bike by a negligent driver in Citrus Heights or other parts of Northern California, I am here to offer you free, friendly advice. I can be reached at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 and also have a convenient contact form on my website.
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