ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – In what police described as a major accident, a motorcyclist was severely injured Tuesday in a collision with a disabled vehicle on the 55 freeway at La Veta Avenue.
The collision, which took place about 9 p.m., caused the temporary closing of four lanes on the northbound 55 freeway, police said.
Motorcycle crashes have been on the decline in recent years, down from 2008 by roughly 28% in 2009 to 383 people killed and 10,478 injured, according to statistics compiled by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Sadly, roughly 67% of motorcycle drivers in all collisions with motorcycles were found to be at fault in the accident, DMV statistics show. The fact that motorcycle drivers are on two wheels puts them at more risk than drivers in four-wheel vehicles, car accident lawyers say.
“This driver most likely did not realize that vehicle in front of him was disabled and was unable to stop or drive around the obstacle quickly enough,” said Emery Ledger, a car accident lawyer at Ledger & Associates in Newport Beach.
Injuries can be very serious for motorcyclists involved in traffic accidents. Many times they will need ongoing care for weeks and often months after the accident. Permanent injuries can also be a reality to those involved in motorcycle accidents, car accident lawyers say.
Ledger & Associates has a team of car accident lawyers who are experienced at handling all types of traffic accident cases including motorcycles, automobiles, buses, trains, airplanes, pedestrian, bicycle and more. If you are injured or have lost a loved one as a result of a traffic accident call for a free consultation with one of our car accident lawyers.