Because of the very nature of physical science and medical science, motorcyclists and motorcycle passengers necessarily are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. While many drivers are vigilant to keep an eye out for all others on the road, too many are prone to overlooking smaller vehicles like motorcycles. When they do, the results can be fatal and tragic. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash in California, you need the right Oakland motorcycle accident attorney on your side to help you as you go through all of the necessary legal steps and processes to get compensation.
A crash from the central coast is yet another example of how deadly these motorcycle accidents can be. 76-year-old K.K. was driving a yellow motorcycle along Highway 1 in Cambria, according to a calcoastnews.com report. At the same time, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee was also traveling along Highway 1. The Jeep’s driver pulled onto the shoulder of the highway in order to execute a U-turn. In making the U-turn, the driver of Jeep pulled into the motorcycle’s path. The vehicles collided and K.K. died as a result of his injuries, according to the report.
Fatal motorcycle crashes are sadly common in California. According to statistics published by the state’s Office of Traffic Safety, more than 1,060 motorcyclists died on California roads and highways in 2017-2018. Many of those tragedies were regrettably avoidable, as they result from a car, truck or SUV driver’s failure to maintain a proper lookout, failure to see a motorcycle and their resulting failure to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. That error can occur when making a turn, making a lane change or, as was the case in Cambria, making a U-turn.