The temperate climate of California is perfect for motorcycle enthusiasts. In fact, California offers some of the most popular motorcycle routes, including the views from Big Sur along Highway 1. However, each year as more motorcyclists take the road, there is a corresponding increase in California motorcycle accidents.
This is not to say that the accidents are caused by motorcyclists. Indeed, the majority of motorcycle accidents involving more than one vehicle are later determined to be the fault of the other motorist. The causes of motorcycle accidents vary, but distracted driving, drunk driving, and aggressive driving are among the top causes of fatal motorcycle accidents.
When a motorist’s negligence causes a motorcycle accident, the injured motorcyclist may be able to obtain compensation for any injuries sustained in the crash through a personal injury lawsuit. If successful, a plaintiff may be able to recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering caused by the accident.
That being said, the unfortunate reality is that motorcycle accident victims often have an uphill battle when it comes to recovering compensation for their injuries, due to the broadly held – but incorrect – assumption that motorcyclists are aggressive drivers. Thus, motorcycle accident victims are encouraged to reach out to discuss their case with an experienced Southern California personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure all of their rights are preserved.
Drunk Driver Kills Motorcyclist on the 5
Earlier this month, a motorcyclist was killed after he was stuck by a car on Interstate 5 in Elysian Valley. According to a local news report, the collision occurred shortly after 2 a.m. when the motorcyclist, who had been ejected from his bike due to an unrelated accident, was struck by a woman driving a Toyota.
Evidently, the initial crash resulting in the motorcyclist being ejected from the bike was caused by a hit-and-run driver. The motorcyclist picked himself up from the pavement, only to be struck by the Toyota moments later. The woman remained on the scene, and other motorists stopped to provide the motorcyclist with assistance, but he was pronounced dead when emergency responders arrived.
Police are conducting an investigation into both collisions, and they have arrested the driver of the Toyota under suspicion of drunk driving. At this point, the hit-and-run driver responsible for the initial collision has not yet been located.
Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a California motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. The dedicated injury attorneys at Sharifi Firm have decades of experience representing motorcycle accident victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. We provide each client with the personalized representation they deserve, and we make every effort to ensure our clients are kept up-to-date with all developments. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Sharifi Firm, call 866-422-7222.
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