Foothill Farms Intersection Accident Injures Motorcyclist
A Foothill Farms accident on December 24, 2019, left a motorcyclist seriously injured in an intersection. The accident occurred at the crossroads of Garfield Avenue and Keoncrest Circle around 5:47 p.m., according to the traffic accident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Emergency responders with the Sacramento Fire Department arrived at the scene to assess the motorcyclist’s injuries. The patient was transported to a nearby hospital for further assessment and treatment. The CHP is investigating the accident to determine how it happened. As of the time of this report, there is no word as to why the accident occurred or if drugs or alcohol were involved.
Motorcycles and Intersection Accidents
Approximately 50 percent of all motorcycle accidents happen in intersections, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Statistics show that three bikers die in intersections in a multiple vehicle collision with a passenger vehicle daily. The majority of the time, the passenger vehicle driver is to blame. One of the primary reasons this occurs is that drivers of cars and trucks fail to see motorcyclists or yield to them. According to the NHTSA, 42 percent of all accidents happen when the motorist is making a left turn in front of the motorcyclist. The most common causes of motorcyclist injury in an intersection are:
- Speeding in an intersection
- Running a red light
- Motorists tailgating a motorcyclist
- Impaired motorists and motorcyclists
- Distracted drivers
How a Motorcyclist Stays Safe
While drivers of passenger vehicles are expected to be cognizant of pedestrians and motorcyclists at intersections, riders who drive defensively are less likely to be injured. Several things a motorcyclist can do are:
- Assume that other drivers cannot see you. Lack of conspicuity is a big part of many motorcycle accidents. Being aware of this factor leads to fewer motorcyclist injuries.
- Slow down in intersections.
- Watch for vehicles coming out of a side street or a parking lot.
- Don’t ride in between vehicles in an intersection. This increases the risk of not being seen.
- Try to stay out of passenger vehicle blind spots.
- Try to make yourself visible with bright colored clothing and reflectors on your motorcycle.
Liability in an Intersection Motorcyclist Accident
As with any other personal injury claim, liability rests on whether negligence is involved. In the majority of motorcycle accidents in intersections, the motorist is found to be negligent. When a biker is injured in an intersection accident, it is beneficial to consult with an injury lawyer. The attorney will be able to show if the defendant exercised reasonable care to prevent an accident. Also, the attorney will prove that the lack of care resulted in harm to a motorcyclist and that the injuries caused financial loss.
What an Attorney Can Do for You
Our firm uses the resources at our command to establish negligence in every case. When it involves a motorcyclist in an intersection crash, we dispatch investigators to the accident site to gather evidence of fault. The investigative team speaks to witnesses who saw the accident. This is an essential part of the investigation. Our investigators also obtain videos of the crash from traffic surveillance and storefront cameras and review police reports for any errors. In many cases, accident reconstruction techniques are applied. Once negligence is proven, the evidence is released to our lawyers who use it in building a strong case for our client.
Foothill Farms Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Foothill Farms motorcycle accident lawyer. Motorcycle injuries are often serious, and when negligence by another was the cause, you may be able to place a claim for financial compensation. For my free and friendly advice, phone me at (916) 921-6400. You can also reach me at (800) 404-5400 or by leaving a message on the online form at my website, AutoAccident.com.
I’ve helped many residents of Foothill Farms get the compensation they deserve after suffering a traffic collision or trauma, such as a brain injury. I also handle wrongful death cases when a family has lost their loved one.
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