A man suffered critical injuries in a Huntington Beach motorcycle crash, which officials say, was caused by a suspected DUI driver.
The major injury crash occurred the afternoon of July 23, 2015.
Police say the motorcyclist was traveling north on Waterbury Lane toward Yorktown Avenue when he T-boned a truck with a male adult inside.
Police say the truck driver pulled out in front of the motorcyclist. The male motorcyclist was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
The driver of the truck was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The investigation is ongoing.
We hope the motorcyclist did not suffer life-threatening injuries in this collision. We wish him the very best for a swift and complete recovery.
There were two fatalities and 63 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in the city of Huntington Beach, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
Countywide, 23 people died and 934 were injured due to motorcycle accidents during the same year. Also, in Orange County, 56 fatalities and 1,346 injuries were reported due to DUI collisions in 2012.
California DUI Laws
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”
We trust police are also looking into whether the truck driver turned in front of the motorcyclist or failed to yield the right-of-way.
Protecting Your Rights
Anyone who has been injured in a motorcycle accident would be well advised to take several steps to protect his or her rights:
- Be sure to file a police report and obtain a copy of the report.
- If you are unable to remain at the scene because of your injuries, ask a friend or family member to return to the scene and take photographs showing the position of the vehicles and other evidence.
- Get pertinent information from all parties involved – driver’s license, insurance, contacts, vehicle registration, etc. Get contact information for eyewitnesses as well.
- Be sure to get the medical attention and treatment you need.
Contact an experienced Huntington Beach motorcycle accident attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected.