A hit-and-run crash left a father of three with critical injuries when he was ejected from his motorcycle, according to recent reports. Gabriel Arredondo, 29, of Normal Heights, remembers changing lanes then being rear-ended and thrown from the bike to be run over by another vehicle. The crash occurred on State Route 94 near College Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Authorities say that the vehicle is believed to be a black Dodge Charger with a model year between 2011 and 2014. The car would have damage to the front bumper, possibly on the left side.
The victim is stable and communicative, but has suffered a broken pelvis, fractured back and road rash over at least half his body. The family is asking anyone with information to come forward.
There is rarely such thing as a “minor” motorcycle accident. Motorcycle crashes tend to cause very serious injuries and death because motorcycle riders have very little in the way of protection. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 4,986 people died in the US in motorcycle crashes in 2012, and another 4,668 people died in 2013. During 2012, 93,000 people were injured in motorcycle crashes and 88,000 were injured in 2013.
The most common piece of protective gear worn is the motorcycle helmet. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in death or injury to the rider, but helmets can reduce the risk by as much as one-third. In states where helmet laws are made mandatory, as many as 33 percent of victims survive accidents who would have died had they not been wearing a helmet.
If you are a motorcycle rider, it is very important that you protect yourself in every way possible from death or injury. Wearing a helmet is one way you can stack the odds in your favor if you are involved in a crash. However, even if you do wear a helmet, there is still a chance that you could experience significant injury in a motorcycle crash.
If you suffer injury on your motorcycle as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact Daniel M. Gilleon in San Diego immediately. Dan Gilleon has been successfully representing the victims of motorcycle crashes for many years. Call today for a free consultation about your case and learn how Dan Gilleon can help you.