A report from the California Highway Patrol reveals that a motorcyclist has been killed in a high-speed crash on State Route 78. The unidentified driver of a Volkswagen Passat, 43, stated that she was heading east on the freeway around 9:30 p.m. when she saw two motorcyclists quickly approaching in her rear view mirror. The car’s driver attempted to move out of the fast lane, causing the motorcyclist on a 2000 Kawasaki Ninja to hit the back of her car. The motorcyclist was fatally injured and died at the scene. The Volkswagen’s driver remained at the scene and called for help. The other motorcyclist did not remain at the scene and it is not known if he or she was involved in the collision. While speeding seems to be a factor, police say drugs and alcohol were not.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding occurs in 33 percent of fatal accidents. It is also the third leading contributing factor in traffic crashes, just behind distracted driving and impaired driving. Sadly, 13,000 lives are lost each year due to speeding. Speeding makes it difficult for drivers to remain in control of vehicles and does not provides them with enough time to make adjustments, such as avoiding an obstacle in the road. These factors make speeding a high-risk behavior that can lead to serious injury and even death.
Speeding is a violation of traffic laws which translates into a negligent action. If a driver is speeding and causes a crash that results in injuries, the speeding driver can be held accountable through a personal injury suit. When someone seeks a personal injury suit against a negligent driver, he or she can receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and even lost income that resulted from the crash.
The team of personal injury attorneys at the Gilleon Law Firm, APC in San Diego understand that those who have been injured in an accident often face a long road to recovery. Hardships include high medical bills that the victim is left to pay as well as other damages, though the victims are not responsible for the accident. This is why the law allows victims like this to seek compensation from the at-fault driver through a personal injury suit.
If you have been the victim of a negligent driver, whether that driver was speeding, impaired or acting in any other negligent manner, the team at the Gilleon Law Firm, APC can help you build a solid personal injury case to seek the maximum amount of compensation.