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Motorcyclist Injured in Car Accident


Ryan Clemensen, 21, was injured in a car accident in Butte County when his motorcycle collided with a Honda Civic. According to a news report in The Chico Enterprise-Record, the injury motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of West Fifth and Walnut streets in Chico the afternoon of November 29, 2010. Clemensen was travelling west on West Fifth when he collided with the oncoming Civic. The car was being driven by 18-year-old Adrian Aceves, who turned left in front of the motorcyclist. Aceves said he did not see the motorcycle before the accident. Clemensen sustained moderate injuries when he was thrown off his motorcycle and onto the windshield of the car.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim, Ryan Clemensen, following this motorcycle accident. I wish him a complete and speedy recovery from his injuries.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), four people were injured in Chico motorcycle accidents. During the same year, there were seven fatalities and 61 injuries due to Butte County motorcycle accidents.

Left Turn Law

Based on this news report, the driver, Aceves, may have failed to yield right-of-way to the oncoming motorcyclist. These types of motorcycle accidents are extremely common at street intersections because drivers often fail to spot oncoming vehicles that are smaller, such as motorcycles or bicycles.

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.”

Liability Issues

If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, then he could be held liable for the injuries caused to the motorcyclist. Injured victims in such cases could seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs. Car accident victims would also be well-advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.

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