A 25-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured in a San Francisco area car accident, which officials say, involved illegal street racing. According to an article in The Reporter, the major injury car accident occurred in Fairfield early morning on March 5, 2011. Officials say the motorcyclist, a 25-year-old man stationed at Travis Air Force Base, lost control of his motorcycle. A police officer was about to stop the motorcycle and a silver sedan, which were reportedly traveling at high rate of speed when the motorcyclist crashed. The driver of the silver sedan did not stop and fled the scene of the car accident. The motorcyclist was airlifted to a regional hospital where he remains in critical condition. Police say the other vehicle was possibly a silver Acura.
My heart goes out to the critically injured victim of this car accident. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were eight fatalities and 615 injuries involving car accidents in Fairfield. In Solano County as a whole, 33 people died and 1,735 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Possible Illegal Street Racing
Based on this news report, police suspect that the two vehicles may have been racing each other, but are still looking for eyewitnesses to determine precisely what occurred. Racing on a public roadway is illegal under California law. California Vehicle Code Section 23109 (a) states: “A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway. As used in this section, a motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other timing device. For purposes of this section, an event in which the time to cover a prescribed route of more than 20 miles is measured, but where the vehicle does not exceed the speed limits, is not a speed contest.”
Laws and Liability Issues
In this case, the driver of the other vehicle should have stopped and remained at the scene until authorities arrived. It is not clear if officials are treating this as a non-contact hit-and-run. California Vehicle Code Section 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.” Leaving the scene of an injury car accident or hit-and-run is a despicable act, which shows callous disregard for the life of a fellow human being. If you saw this accident or have any information about the other driver, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.
Injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured car accident victims and their families.
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