A motorcyclist was critically injured in an Anaheim car accident after a van struck a motorcycle at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred at Euclid Street and Medical Center Drive the night of Dec. 26. Police said it appears that the van was making a left turn into a parking lot when the motorcyclist drove into the intersection and struck the van.
The motorcyclist was found unresponsive at the scene. Officials do not believe alcohol or drugs played a part. Police are still looking for witnesses who may have seen the crash and have more information. The investigation is still ongoing and no arrests or citations were reported.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured motorcycle accident victim. We wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2014 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were seven fatalities and 124 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in the city of Anaheim. In Orange County as a whole, 39 people died and 991 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the van was making a left turn into a parking lot and ended up striking the oncoming motorcyclist. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly one-third of all two-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles occur when the other vehicle is making a left turn and ends up hitting the oncoming motorcyclist.
California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
In this particular case, if the van driver is determined to have been negligent or at-fault, he or she can be held liable for the motorcyclist’s serious injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, permanent injuries and emotional distress. An experienced Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer can help advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.