Sacramento Motorcyclist Fatally Injured in Collision with Passenger Vehicle
The number one threat to the safety of motorcycle riders is not speeding, dangerous road conditions or reckless behavior. The biggest threat faced by motorcyclists on the road is negligence on the part of other motorists, particularly drivers of larger passenger vehicles. Far too many fatal collisions involving motorcycles are caused every year when drivers either do not see, or are not paying attention to, motorcyclists around them.
Recently, a local Sacramento man was fatally injured while riding his motorcycle after being struck by a car. The accident occurred on the afternoon of Friday, August 7th on Del Paso Boulevard in Arden Creek, and Police reported that drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. Tragically, this accident is just one of hundreds of motor vehicle collisions involving motorcycles that happen across California ever year. Here are some shocking statistics that illustrate the extreme danger faced by riders on our state’s roads and highways:
• Nationwide in 2013,
Motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities.
• In California, there were a total of 435 fatally injured motorcycle riders in 2013. That number was the third highest amount of rider fatalities in the nation, behind only Texas and Florida.
• In 2013, 8% of fatally injured California riders were not wearing a helmet at the time of their accident. This is an especially troubling number, considering that wearing a helmet is mandatory for all riders in the state of California.
A large percentage of motorcycle accidents are the result of negligence by the driver of another vehicle. Motorcycle riders have as much of a right to safely and freely travel throughout California as drivers of any other type of vehicle, and all motorists must make an effort to safely and responsibly share our state’s roads and highways. Here are some important safety tips to remember when driving near motorcycles:
• Intersections are especially dangerous areas for motorcycle riders. In 2013,
44% of fatal motorcycle accidents involving at least 2 vehicles occurred
as the result of a car turning left at an intersection while a motorcycle attempted to drive straight.
• Due to their size, it can be easy to miss motorcycles near your vehicle. Before changing lanes or making a turn, be sure totake an extra moment to check your blind spot for approaching motorcycles.
• When driving behind a motorcyclist, allow for a few extra seconds of following time. Motorcycles often have to make sudden and unexpected adjustments to obstacles in the road, so it is important to leave them a bit of extra space. Remember, common road hazards such as branches and potholes are a serious danger to riders.
If you or a loved were injured in a motorcycle, car or truck accident that was caused due to someone else’s negligence, it is extremely important that you have an experienced Sacramento Accident attorney by your side. At Del Rio & Carichoff, we have successfully represented people throughout Sacramento in their serious motor vehicle accident cases, and we will fight to achieve the justice you deserve.
Call Del Rio & Carichoff today for a FREE, confidential and no-obligation consultation about your case. Our experienced accident lawyers will aggressively defend your rights and fight to win you the maximum recovery for your accident claim.
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