A motorcyclist was severely injured in a San Diego car accident after being struck by a vehicle that was pulling out of a driveway. According to a 10News report, the motorcycle accident occurred on Via Cantebria near Garden View Road in Encinitas, the evening of December 9, 2011. Officials say the motorcyclist was traveling at approximately 40 miles per hour when a car pulled out of a private driveway. The motorcycle hit the car and the rider was ejected. The motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. It is unclear if the car’s driver was injured, or cited for the collision.
My thoughts and prayers are with the motorcycle rider injured in this San Diego accident. I wish the victim the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
San Diego Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), no one was killed but 11 were injured in Encinitas motorcycle accidents. During that same year, there were 39 fatalities and 989 injuries reported due to San Diego County motorcycle accidents.
Failing to Yield the Right-of Way
Based on this news report, the car’s driver pulled out of a private driveway and into the path of the motorcycle. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21804 (a): “The driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, or from an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic.” Vehicles entering traffic “shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that traffic until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
If the driver was determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the motorcyclist’s injuries. Victims of San Diego motorcycle accidents would be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. At-fault drivers can be held responsible for medical expenses, hospitalization, the cost of rehabilitation, lost wages, and other related damages. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.