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Even the safest motorcycle rider has to rely on other drivers

A safety-conscious motorcycle rider may regularly inspect his or her bike and keep it well-maintained, because the rider knows that a properly functioning bike is a safe bike. When it comes time to get on the vehicle, a safe driver may don leather clothing to guard against road rash. Then, the individual will put a helmet on his or her head to help reduce the chance of suffering a brain injury. While on the road, this driver will obey every traffic law.

Even the safest motorcycle rider still has to share the street with other drivers that may not have the same view on safety. We put a lot of trust in other drivers when we get on the road, and sometimes those drivers will violate the trust that keeps everyone safe. Take a recent motorcycle accident that occurred on Interstate 5 in California as an example.

As is likely on any given weekday morning, there were multiple vehicles on I-5 at 5:40 a.m. on the Wednesday when the collision occurred. Traffic was heavy enough that it was moving at only 30 miles per hour. A vehicle was forced to come to a stop, and, for whatever reason, the car following behind the first failed to do the same.

When the following car noticed the pending rear-end collision, the driver swerved to avoid it. The only problem was that these two vehicles weren’t the only ones on the road that day. When the following car swerved, it swerved directly into the path of a motorcycle rider.

Although the driver may have avoided one collision, he caused another. The collision that did occur seriously injured the motorcycle rider that was hit.

The personal injury process is in place to compensate the victims of another’s negligence. Damages cannot change the past, but they can acknowledge what happened and help put the victim in a place for the best possible future.

Source: The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, “UPDATED: Motorcyclist seriously injured in Newhall Pass freeway collision,” Jim Holt, Feb. 5, 2014

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