Rodney Tate, 50, was seriously injured in a car accident after his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle on Highway 99. According to an article in the Lodi News-Sentinel, Tate was riding a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was merging on to the highway from Turner Road. California Highway Patrol officials say his motorcycle and a 1991 Acura Integra driven by 31-year-old Maria Serreira, collided the afternoon of June 7, 2010. Tate was transported to a Sacramento hospital with major injuries. He was listed in serious condition. Officials say Serreira does not have a valid driver’s license. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to Rodney Tate and his family members. Apparently Tate had made it through a fiery crash two years ago in which he survived major burn injuries. The injuries from that crash caused him to have a pacemaker and defibrillator placed in his chest and also caused him to take an early retirement from his job. Tragic! I pray for his speedy and complete recovery.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one fatality and 10 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in Lodi, California. In San Joaquin County as a whole, 13 people died and 240 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Based on the news report, this collision occurred when Tate was attempting to merge on to Highway 99. It is not clear what caused Serreira to collide with Tate’s Harley-Davidson. Was Serreira under the influence? Was she traveling at a high rate of speed? Was she distracted at the time of the collision? Was she simply inattentive to traffic conditions on the highway? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely how and why this motorcycle crash occurred.
Fault and Liability
If Serreira is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, surgery, long-term care, pain and suffering, and other damages. If Serreira does not have auto insurance, Tate may be able to receive compensation through the uninsured/underinsured motorist clause of his own car insurance policy.
In such cases, injured victims or their families would be well-served by seeking the counsel of an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the accident and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
What precautions do you take as a motorcyclist especially when you are traveling through intersections or while merging on to a highway or freeway?
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