Just days after Christmas in Rancho Bernardo, a motorcyclist was unfortunately killed in an accident that should not have ever happened.
At around 11:30 a.m. on December 28, a man on a Harley Davidson was heading northbound on West Bernardo Drive when a Dodge truck traveling southbound made a left-hand turn in front of the motorcyclist.
The motorcyclist, a 31-year-old man, slammed into the truck’s passenger side. He died at the scene. The driver of the Dodge was not hurt, but Edward “Skip” Babbitt knows that motorcyclist face so many dangers when they hit the roadways.
We wish we could say that motorcyclists are just as safe on the roadway as anyone in a passenger vehicle, but we all know that it not true. Responsible motorcycle riders know that they have to be extra careful when they are on the roadway because they simply cannot predict the actions of other drivers around them.
We have represented many motorcycle accident victims and often the injuries are severe:
Spinal cord injuries
Internal organ damage
Broken or dislocated bones
These injuries occur more often in motorcycle accidents because a cyclist does not have the same protection that passengers inside vehicles have. When they get hit, they take the full force of a vehicle and then strike the ground.
The emergency medical costs of these injuries can rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially if surgery and rehabilitation are required. If a person suffers from a disability as a result of the accident, they may not be able to work and earn an income. This can be devastating to a person and their family.
We know that there were more than 14,000 motorcycle accident injuries in California for the latest reporting year. If it happens to you, you need to know where to turn.
Nearly 50 percent of California drivers admit to making a driving mistake while talking in a cell phone. Add that to distracted drivers who text or watch videos on their phones, and you can see why the roadways are becoming more dangerous for motorcycle riders.
Drunk drivers will always pose a threat on the roadways, especially for motorcyclists. If a drunk driver is following a cyclist too closely or swerves into the other lane, they can cause major damage and injuries to a motorcyclist, and they may not even hit the brakes until well after the impact.
What You Can Do Now
We know that you do everything you can to be safe when you go out on your motorcycle. Sometimes, though, the actions and behaviors of other drivers are unexpected. If you or a loved one are hurt in a motorcycle crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, you need to consider seeking legal assistance.
Edward “Skip” Babbitt knows that you will need help with more than just medical bills. If you are unable to work due to your injuries, we want to help recover lost income and benefits as well. Let us handle insurance companies so you can focus on getting back on your feet.