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California motorcycle accidents: Victim settles for $46 million

Regardless of where a person lives, he or she may have multiple transportation options. Many in California choose to travel on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can often have devastating consequences as they provide few physical barriers to protect riders. In fact, Southern California Gas Co. recently settled a personal injury lawsuit filed against it after one of its drivers allegedly caused a serious accident.

The incident happened last year. Reports indicate that the victim, a member of the U.S. Air Force was stopped at a red light on a motorcycle when he was struck from behind by a SoCal pickup truck. The driver reportedly did not stop, dragging the motorcyclist, until other drivers surrounded the vehicle.

Hidden injury after a motorcycle accident

Not all motorcycle accidents involve high-speed damage. A typical accident scenario may occur when a motorcycle rider sees a red light at the intersection ahead and begins to slow down. The car behind him also slows down for the light, but the driver misjudges the distance and rear-ends the bike. The impact jolts the rider and causes the bike to swerve. The bike bumps into the curb and the rider falls to the pavement.

The motorcyclist and auto driver move off the road into a parking lot. Beyond a few bruises to the motorcyclist, neither party notices signs of personal injury. The car's front bumper has a small dent and scratches are evident in the motorcycle's paint. The owners exchange insurance information and go their separate ways.

California bicycle accidents involving children

For most children in California and across the country, learning to ride a bicycle is a rite of passage. However, riding a bicycle could place children at risk of bicycle accidents. Because children can be expected to behave unexpectedly, drivers are often held to a higher standard in accidents involving young people.

Drivers are always expected to "exercise reasonable care." However, the care that a driver is expected to demonstrate when there are children in the area -- or it is likely that there are children in the area -- is higher. For example, it can be expected that there will be children near parks, schools, school bus stops and in residential neighborhoods. Because of their young age, drivers should consider the possibility that a young child might run across the street or became frightened by an approaching vehicle.

California fatal accident: Teenage motorcyclist killed

There are a variety of different ways to legally use California roadways; while many people choose a traditional motor vehicle, others may choose to ride a motorcycle or bicycle or to walk. Unfortunately, those in the latter groups may face additional risks. If they are struck by a traditional vehicle, for example, they have little to no physical barriers to protect them from injury. As such, traditional motorists must remain vigilant at all times. In fact, a recent fatal accident in California demonstrates the potential harm that some people face.

The accident happened just after noon on a day in October. It involved a 17-year-old on a motorcycle and a 30-year-old driving a pickup truck. Reports indicate that the motorcyclist was approaching an intersection when the pickup truck driver attempted a left turn.

California Highway Patrol seeking information in fatal accident

Motor vehicle accidents can happen at any time of the day or night. Because accidents involving motorcycles can be especially damaging for riders, many go to great lengths to protect their safety. Unfortunately, they are often unable to avoid accidents caused by negligent drivers who fail to follow the same precautions. In fact, reports regarding a recent fatal accident in California seem to indicate that police believe a life was lost as a result of a negligent driver.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. on a day in October. The victim was an 18-year-old male who was a first year student at Cal Poly. Police say that he was riding his motorcycle on a California roadway when a 42-year-old man made "an unsafe left turn."

California police: Fatal accident caused by debris in road

California highways serve several important purposes. Not only are they are a means of transporting people from place to place, but they are also a way to transport items from place to place. Regardless of the reason, those using the highways have a responsibility --  both legal and moral -- to take measures to protect others. Unfortunately, reports claim that failure to do so has recently resulted in a fatal accident.

The accident is said to have happened on a day in October. According to reports, a 26-year-old male was riding a motorcycle on a California on-ramp. Unfortunately, his motorcycle reportedly struck a refrigerator that was in the roadway.

What California drivers need to know about lane splitting

Many drivers of passenger cars and trucks on today's roads do not have even a basic education regarding motorcycle safety or the importance of sharing the road. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge and awareness can often lead to serious accidents that cause injuries to the motorcycle rider.

One basic fact that every driver on the road should know about is lane splitting. Lane splitting has been controversial and disputed in the past, without a common stance from a legal perspective on the issue. However, in California, the law formally authorizes this practice.

Bicycle accidents: Head injury reported in California collision

When many people in the United States think of transportation, many automatically picture a traditional passenger vehicle. Despite this, there are many ways to legally travel from place to place. Unfortunately, people in California and across the country often face serious personal injury if they are involved in bicycle accidents, due to a relative lack of protection when compared to a traditional motor vehicle.

Unfortunately, a bicyclist was recently injured in what police describe as a hit-and-run accident. According to reports, the victim was riding a dockless bike one evening on a day in September. Police say that the 37-year-old male cyclist was struck by a vehicle. Reportedly, the driver did not remain at the scene.

Drunk driving an alleged factor in California motorcycle accident

The dangers of drinking and driving are well-publicized in an attempt to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence. Unfortunately, these attempts are not always successful, and some drivers in California make the decision to drive while intoxicated. In fact, drunk driving is believed to have been a factor in a recent motorcycle accident that resulted in serious injuries.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in September. According to reports, a 24-year-old man was driving under the influence of alcohol. Reports indicate that he struck a utility box and a Caltrans sign before becoming involved in the accident that sent a man to the hospital. A concerned motorist had already contacted police when the final accident occurred.

Responding to bicycle accidents in California

Most drivers of traditional motor vehicles have come across a bicyclist while driving. While some people may view these cyclists as nuisance to move around, that attitude could lead to serious bicycle accidents. Bicyclists have the same right to the roadway as other users, and failing to take proper precautions when a cyclist is in the area could have catastrophic consequences in California and across the country.

Accidents can happen when drivers do not recognize the rights of cyclists. Because of the lack of protection that cyclists have, they could face a serious injury, requiring a significant amount of medical interventions. The founding attorney at A.G. Assanti & Associates, P.C. is also a cyclist, ensuring he fully understands the obstacles that cyclists face.

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