A man was injured in a Costa Mesa car accident after his motorbike was struck by a vehicle on the 405 Freeway, the morning of August 6, 2010. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred in the southbound lanes of the freeway, near the 73 onramp, when a flatbed commercial truck struck the motorcyclist and then fled the scene of the crash. The extent of the motorcyclist’s injuries is not known. Officials are looking for the truck driver.
My thoughts are prayers are with the motorcyclist injured in this crash. I wish him a complete and speedy recovery.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) one fatality and 54 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in Costa Mesa. During the same year, 35 people died and 801 were injured due to motorcycle accidents in all of Orange County.
It is illegal to leave the scene of an injury accident in California without stopping immediately and waiting for the authorities to arrive. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” Motorists are required to remain on the scene irrespective of who was at fault for the crash.
Claim for Compensation
In such cases, where negligence or wrongdoing is apparent, it would be in the injured victims’ best interests to contact an experienced Costa Mesa personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights are preserved. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how their auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run accident, or to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured. If the truck driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, both the driver and his or her employer could be held liable for the motorcyclist’s injuries.
Do you believe that penalties for hit-and-run drivers are significant enough to deter motorists from leaving the scene of an accident?
The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.