I think all motorcyclists agree that the thrill of riding a motorcycle is a wonderful feeling. Being out on the open road or traversing a mountain or desert trial is liberating. Unfortunately, motorcycles have inherent dangers, especially when ridden on the freeways, roadways and among cars or cyclists. This danger is amplified when the consumption of alcohol is involved. Most significant motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries or even death of the motorcyclist or his/her passenger. An example of this tragedy occurred on April 4, 2014 in Victorville, California when two motorcyclists collided on Jasmine Street. According to the Daily Press (VVDailyPress.com) two motorcyclists, Shaun Young and Richard Maldonado collided and both were tossed from their motorcycles in the crash. Mr. Young was taken by emergency personnel but succumbed to his injuries on Saturday April 5, 2014. Mr. Maldanado suffered several injuries and was treated for those injuries at an area hospital. The sheriff’s department reported that Mr. Maldanado was intoxicated at the time of the collision.
The tragedy and suffering of these individuals and their respective families was ultimately avoidable, but for the negligence of someone. There is no public report as to the cause of the accident, but in nearly every case, where an accident is involved, at least one or more people contributed to the accident through some level of negligence, inattentiveness or intentional conduct. There is no way to fully protect yourself from accidents, but there are things you can do to minimize the financial impact of an accident. First, make sure you have ample insurance. This means not only liability insurance, but you need to have significant uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage is the insurance which protects you when you are injured by a person without insurance or who does not have enough insurance. Second, make sure you wear the best protective gear that you can to give you the best chance for survival. Third, do not let your guard down when riding. Remember to ride as if no one can see you on the road, because most times, accidents with a motorcycle is because the driver did not see the motorcyclist prior to the accident. Enjoy the ride, but be safe while doing so.
David H. Ricks of the Inland Empire Law Group is a San Bernardino and Riverside County personal injury attorney who has helped many motorcyclists, or their families, recover from motorcycle accidents. Anyone who has been involved in a motorcycle accident and is looking for quality representation is invited to call 909-481-0100 for a complimentary evaluation of your claim.