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Motorcyclist Suffers Major Injury in I-80 Multiple-Vehicle Crash

Crash Involving Multiple Vehicles in North Highlands Injures Motorcyclist

On July 9, a motorcycle rider suffered a major injury in a collision along Interstate 80 eastbound in North Highlands. The collision happened near the Watt Avenue exit ramp around 4:47 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). It occurred after the motorcyclist rear-ended another vehicle during a multiple-vehicle crash. Following the collision, the motorcyclist was discovered lying in the number four lane, and two additional lanes were blocked.

Five Vehicles Involved in Major Injury Accident

First responders with the Sacramento Fire Department arrived at the North Highlands accident site and determined that the motorcycle rider had suffered a major injury from the crash. They transported that individual to a nearby hospital. The accident involved a Toyota Tundra, Ford pickup, a black sedan, minivan and motorcycle. A tow truck was called to remove the motorcyclist’s sports bike. A SigAlert was issued but canceled a short time later.

Motorcycle Accidents on Highways

Almost all accidents involving other vehicles are due to someone’s negligence, which can cause a major injury to a motorcyclist. Some of the ways these accidents occur include:

  • One vehicle suddenly slows down or stops, which causes a chain-reaction accident.
  • A driver tries to change lanes when there is another vehicle in his/her path, causing a collision.
  • A driver slows down to take an exit ramp and is rear-ended by other vehicles.
  • Debris is in the roadway, and a vehicle swerves to miss it, causing a motorcycle accident with a major injury.

Dangers of Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are always dangerous but even more so when it involves a motorcycle rider. When a biker strikes the rear of a motor vehicle, they are often ejected from the bike. Even with protective gear, the force of the ejection is enough to cause a major injury. Some types of motorcycle accident trauma that can occur are:

  • Traumatic brain injuries are common after being ejected from a motorcycle. This is because this is the area where the body is commonly impacted following a crash of this type. 
  • Spinal cord damage is caused when the spine becomes compressed upon impact. This can result in a major injury such as partial or complete paralysis.
  • Broken bones and lacerations are common.
  • Injuries to the face and eyes occur.
  • Amputations happen in some cases, which can drastically alter the injured person’s quality of life.

How a Motorcycle Accident Is Investigated

Factors that lead to a motorcycle accident are important in determining why it happened and who is at fault. This is why we send our investigators to the scene to collect evidence to support a claim for compensation following a motorcycle collision. 

  • The bike and accident scene are examined to determine if a defect in the motorcycle led to a crash or there were signs of government negligence.
  • The investigators analyze the police report for inaccuracies and speak to the witnesses.
  • Accident reconstruction is performed, which is especially important when multiple vehicles are involved. 
  • The investigators check for roadway and traffic surveillance cameras that might have caught the accident on video.

Once the investigators are finished, they turn this information over to our injury lawyers, who use it in building a case in favor of our client’s claim for compensation. Strong evidence, particularly videos and accident reconstruction, are used both by insurers and in court as proof of negligence by the at-fault party/parties.

Personal Injury & Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, a personal injury and Motorcycle accident attorney in Sacramento. Motorcycle collisions can result in some of the worst injuries. Injured parties are entitled to claim compensation for those injuries, which can pay the medical expenses and lost wages as well as for their pain and suffering. I am happy to offer you my free and friendly advice. Please contact me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 or through the online form.

I am a member of the Top 1 Percent and Million Dollar Advocates.

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Since 1982, I’ve helped many people who were injured by negligence to get fair compensation in all varieties of traffic collisions, motorcycle accidents and wrongful deaths.

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