One San Diego family has come together to raise awareness and to bring to justice the individual responsible for a local hit-and-run accident that has tragically left a motorcyclist – and a father of three – with life-threatening injuries.
According to San Diego NBC 7 (5/14/2015), the accident occurred when the motorcyclist was changing lanes. Reports indicate he was hit from behind by a vehicle following the lane change. The vehicle then proceeded on its course and ran over the man and his motorcycle, resulting in his catastrophic injury. The driver of the vehicle in question then fled the scene of the accident.
According to reports, the accident occurred on Route 94 near College Avenue in the Normal Heights area of San Diego around 6:30 p.m. earlier this month.
Police say they are looking for the suspected hit-and-run driver who was driving a black Dodge Charger in the mid-to-late 2000s.
As for the motorcyclist, he is being treated for his injuries and reports indicate he is stable and talking. The man is the family’s sole provider and the accident, according to reports, is taking a toll on the family.
His relatives are urging the public to please come forward with any information. The man’s father, although he didn’t say much to the media following the accident, reminded all San Diegans: If you drive a motorcycle, be careful.
MOTORCYCLE SAFETY IS THE #1 PRIORITY FOR ALL BIKERS
If you ride a motorcycle, you probably already know that riding is inherently dangerous. There are no seatbelts, airbags or structures in place to cushion or prevent your injury or death. Riding a motorcycle is indeed risky!
However, although the risk of injury is high, there are many things a motorcyclist can do to stay safe in the face of increased danger.
DRIVE IN IDEAL CONDITIONS
If possible, ride in the best roadway conditions: during the day, while it’s dry, and with minimal traffic. When any of these conditions are compromised – for instance, riding in traffic or during dusk hours when visibility is less than ideal – you run an increased risk of getting into an accident. Consider only riding in ideal conditions if at all possible. When you’re riding a motorcycle, even subtle changes in roadway conditions can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your safety.
KNOW CALIFORNIA MOTORCYCLE LAWS
There are many rules and regulations that apply solely to motorcyclists in California. Be sure you know the law. For more information about motorcycle safety and to download the California DMV Motorcycle Handbook, click here. If you’re seeking motorcycle licensure in California, be sure to read the DMV Motorcycle Checklist as well.
TAKE A MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TRAINING COURSE
The California DMV and the California Highway Patrol together offer the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP). The course is comprised of 5 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of actual riding time. Various safety scenarios are assumed and all new riders really should consider this course; if you’re a novice rider, but haven’t been on the bike for a while, consider this course as well. More information on CMSP can be found here.
WHEN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS OCCUR
Unfortunately, even the most proactive rider can be involved in a car accident. If you have been involved in a car accident and you suspect it was another person’s fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call our San Diego personal injury attorneys right now at 1-858-551-2090 and speak to a motorcycle accident specialist. The consultation is FREE and hiring us as your attorneys costs nothing – we only collect when we win your case. Call now.
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