A man was injured in a motorcycle accident after he was struck by an SUV at a Fullerton intersection. The Orange County Register reports that the injury accident occurred at the intersection of Valencia and Richman avenues the afternoon of August 26, 2010. It is not clear how or why the Mitsubishi Montero Sport SUV and the Suzuki motorcycle collided. An investigation is ongoing.
I hope the motorcyclist did not sustain major injuries in this crash. I wish this injured victim the very best for a quick and full recovery. He will be in my prayers.
There were four fatalities and 743 injuries involving car accidents in Fullerton in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 152 people died and 13,414 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Causes and Compensation Issues
The news account does not state exactly how or why this collision occurred. A majority of motorcycle accidents at intersections tend to occur when a motorist is making a turn – very likely a left turn – at the intersection. The motorist fails to see an oncoming motorcycle while attempting the turn. I trust officials are looking into whether the SUV failed to yield right-of-way to the motorcyclist in this case. California Vehicle Code Section 21800 (a) states: "The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway."
In such cases, it would be in the best interests of injured victims to seek the counsel of a reputed Orange County personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition on the roadway may have caused or contributed to the accident. If that was the case, the city or public agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a California governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
Do you make it a point to look out for motorcycles before turning or changing lanes?
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