Southern California saw yet another unfortunate crash between a vehicle and a motorcycle, leaving several people with injuries. According to 10 News, on Tuesday a Yamaha motorcycle rear ended a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta in San Diego’s Torrey Pines neighborhood. California personal injury lawyers are all too familiar with the dangers of motorcycle versus vehicle accidents like this one. As is usually the case in these types of accidents, the motorcyclist and his passenger sustained injuries that were much more severe than the passengers of the vehicle. The motorcyclist, a male in his 20s, suffered a fractured spine and the motorcycle passenger, a female in her 20s, suffered a broken hip. Luckily, the driver of the Jetta, a man in his 50s, was unharmed, however his two passengers suffered minor injuries.
This accident is a reminder of the substantially heightened risk that motorcyclists take every time they go out on the road. With this heightened risk in mind, it is of vital importance for motorcyclists to adhere to safety rules, such as traveling a safe distance from other vehicles and wearing the proper safety equipment.
However, even if all of the proper safety measures are taken by motorcyclists it does not guarantee that everyone else on the road will drive safely too. Drivers make negligent decisions every day across the country. Many drivers failed to see riders, cut in front of them, or otherwise engage in risky conduct that increases the risk of collision. When these errors are made if is more often the motorcyclists most often pay the higher price. It is not uncommon for riders to face serious (even fatal) injuries while car drivers and passengers are unharmed.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in our area it is important to contact a San Diego motorcycle accident attorney immediately for several reasons. One extremely important reason to contact an attorney as soon as possible following an accident is that statute of limitation laws are applicable to all personal injury and wrongful death cases. This means that if a victim or a victim’s family waits too long to take legal action they may lose their right to bring a lawsuit at all. This time limit varies depending on the particular circumstances of the case—who was hurt, who was at fault, and how they were negligent. Since the time limit can vary greatly it is important to contact a lawyer specializing in personal injury and wrongful death, and can make sure that a suit is brought within the appropriate time frame.
Beyond the statue of limitations, an attorney can help ensure that an appropriate investigation is conducted and that evidence from the accident is obtained and properly saved for a future case. Even if a suit is filed within the statute of limitations, the further away from the time of the accident a case begins, sometimes the harder it is to preserve crucial information about exactly what happened.