A motorcyclist suffered injuries in a Temecula car accident after a vehicle made a dangerous U-turn. According to a news report in The Temecula Patch, the hit-and-run crash occurred on April 9, 2012 at a blind corner on Rancho California Road near Temecula’s wine country. Police say the driver of a black SUV made a U-turn and blocked the road causing the motorcyclist to skid. The motorcyclist suffered scrapes and bruises on his arms and torso when he hit the back of the SUV at 40 mph. The SUV left the scene as the motorcyclist was down on the roadway. Officials later questioned the SUV driver about the collision. It is not clear if the driver was arrested.
My heart goes out to the injured hit-and-run car accident victim. I sincerely hope his injuries were not serious. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), motorcycle accidents in Temecula caused three fatalities and injured 27 people. In Riverside County as a whole, 31 people died and 500 were injured in motorcycle accidents, during the same year.
Based on this news article, it appears that the driver of the SUV not only made a dangerous U-turn, but also left the scene of the crash leaving the injured motorcyclist lying on the street. Unconscionable! 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.”
Leaving the scene of an injury accident is an inexcusable act. It is also against the law. 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.” I’m relieved to note that police located this hit-and-run driver.
Victims’ Claim for Compensation
Injured victims of hit-and-run collisions, in addition to seeking prompt medical attention, would be well advised to contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how their own car insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.