Motorcyclist Identified After Fatal Accident in Vallejo
I’m Ed Smith, a Vallejo motorcycle accident lawyer. We recently reported on a motorcycle accident that occurred in Vallejo on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has since released the identity and additional details regarding the accident. The man was identified as Scott Allen, a 31-year-old male resident of Seattle, Washington.
The collision occurred at about 1:45 a.m. when Allen had been driving westward on state Highway 37 a short distance east of the Sonoma Boulevard junction. Allen lost control of the bike, causing him to veer into the right shoulder of the highway and collide with a steel guardrail.
Authorities noted that Allen had been driving a Triumph Tiger model bike at unknown speeds. CHP has stated that neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been causal factors in the case of this accident.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Allen during this difficult time.
CHP is still actively investigating this incident in hopes of better understanding what may have caused Allen to fatally lose control of his vehicle. Those with information that may aid officers in their investigation have been asked to contact CHP using their non-emergency phone number, 1-800-Tell-CHP.
Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous. More than 4,000 motorcyclists lose their lives in traffic accidents in the United States every year and government findings indicate that, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcycle-related deaths occur an average of 26 times more often than crashes involving other passenger vehicles.
Motorcycle accidents are so dangerous because motorcycles, unlike cars, are not designed to keep their occupants as safe as possible in the event of a collision. During crashes, motorcyclists are almost always ejected from their vehicles and left vulnerable to the dangers of roadways and liable to receive serious traumatic injuries.
Here are some things that one can do in order to improve safety while operating a motorcycle:
- Always wear helmets and appropriate safety gear. Federal data indicates that, in states where helmets are not required, around 59 percent of motorcyclists who received fatal injuries are found to not have been wearing helmets. In states that require helmets, this figure is only 6 percent.
- Always drive defensively. Driving defensively includes assuming that other vehicles won’t automatically notice your presence on the road and ensuring that you are highly visible to other, larger vehicles. Statistics show that almost two-thirds of motorcycle crashes are caused by right-of-way violations.
- Make sure your motorcycle is in good operating condition. This includes checking the tires for signs of wear and pressure, looking for signs of gas or oil leaks, making sure your signal lights are operating properly, checking coolant and hydraulic fluid levels, as well as testing the clutch, throttle, brakes mirrors, and horn.
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