Sacramento Motorcyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run

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July 08, 2022
Edward Smith

Hit-and-Run Driver on Watt Avenue Leaves Injured Rider

A motorcyclist hit-and-run that resulted in injuries was reported in Sacramento on July 7. The crash involved the motorcycle and a motor vehicle along Watt Avenue at the crossroads with San Lucas Way in Arden-Arcade shortly after 4:00 p.m. When officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrived, the motorcyclist had pulled to the right-hand side of the roadway, and traffic was not blocked. 

Information wasn’t provided on whether the motorcycle rider was treated for injuries at the crash scene or transported to a hospital for additional care. The CHP is investigating to determine how the collision happened and are also seeking the hit-and-run driver.

Prejudice Against Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists often face an unusual predicament when they are injured by a negligent motorist or other entity. Because of their reputations as risk-takers, insurance companies and juries sometimes have a false impression of them, which can potentially affect their ability to obtain fair compensation for their injuries. We know better. 

At, we know that motorcycle riders are cautious and not prone to taking risks because they are vulnerable and can suffer serious trauma in an accident. We know how to handle the false perceptions that insurance companies can try to use to deny a claim. In addition, we know how to educate jurors to correct their false ideas about motorcycle riders. We have successfully handled so many motorcycle cases that I wrote the California Motorcycle Accident Handbook, which answers questions many riders ask when they’ve been injured in a crash.

Hit-and-Run Accidents

When a negligent driver commits a hit-and-run, they are often under the false impression they won’t be found. They’re wrong. We’ve managed to locate a number of fleeing drivers over the years. 

We do so because we believe it’s bad enough to suffer an injury in an accident. The injured person shouldn’t also be responsible for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. They should be compensated, so we work hard to find the hit-and-run driver to hold them financially responsible. 

Insurance Can Cover Your Accident Injuries

On the chance that the hit-and-run driver cannot be located, the injured motorcyclist can recover compensation for their accident injuries by using their uninsured/underinsured policy. All drivers in California are offered this policy as an add-on when they purchase auto insurance. Drivers commonly elect to take this add-on policy due to the high number of drivers in the state who are either underinsured or have no insurance at all. 

This add-on insurance policy can be used whether you are in a motor vehicle, on a motorcycle or bike or are a pedestrian. It also covers those in your vehicle. If you don’t have an uninsured/underinsured policy but a member of your family does, that can be used in its place to recover compensation. The rates will not be affected in the future and will remain the same. 

Sacramento Personal Injury Attorneys

I am Ed Smith, and I’m a Sacramento personal injury attorney. Motorcycle riders are vulnerable to serious injuries when involved in a collision. However, if a negligent driver was the cause, the injured rider may want to find out whether they can recover compensation. You are welcome to contact our injury lawyers for free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or by calling (800) 404-5400. We can be contacted online also.

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Photo attribution: Image by Albrecht Fietz from Pixabay 

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