According to the Daily Breeze, a deadly California motorcycle accident occurred earlier this month on Earle Street in Long Beach. On Friday morning, January 21st, 2011, Long Beach resident, Georgia Fisher, was riding her motorcycle on her break. As she neared the APL terminal, a tractor-trailer truck approached. For reasons unknown at this time, the truck driver failed to notice the California motorcyclist on the roadway and made an unsafe left turn in front of her—killing the 47-year-old longshore worker.
Even though there are no traffic controls at this location, all vehicles—including large commercial trucks—are responsible for driving their vehicles safely and responsibly. Although the California motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, it was removed with the force of the collision and she sustained serious internal bleeding.
Motorcyclists and Semi-trucks—a Deadly Combination: Motorcycle Accident Lawyers California
Unfortunately, motorcycling accidents like this one occur every day. While some are relatively minor, others—especially those involving semi-trucks and tractor trailers—are fatal. A fully loaded big rig can weigh nearly 80,000 pounds, while many motorcycles weight less than 1,000 pounds! This discrepancy alone explains why it is the motorcyclist who NEVER wins in an accident versus a semi-truck. In fact, if the motorcyclist survives such an intense and catastrophic collision, he or she is likely to suffer serious and life-altering injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and disfigurement.
California is often a popular destination for many commercial trucks traveling cross country. Even though federal law prohibits truck drivers from driving their trucks for long, extended hours, many trucking companies routinely break these laws in an attempt to increase productivity and reduce their costs. As a result, many of these truck drivers are fatigued when they enter California at the end of their destination. When a fatigued truck driver encounters a motorcyclist on the road in the wee hours of the morning or at night, the results can be disastrous. Motorcyclists are often difficult to see and may easily be overlooked by a truck driver who is in a hurry or who is already fatigued or distracted.
If you or someone you love is injured or killed in a California motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced California motorcycle accident attorney immediately. Whether your accident occurs in Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, or anywhere in the State of California, we are here to help you obtain the maximum compensation after your accident. Call 1-800-4-BIKERS today!
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