In the early morning hours of Friday, August 6, 2010, California Highway Patrol officers were informed of an injured motorcyclist on the transition road connecting the 405 and 73 freeways in Costa Mesa. As paramedics rushed the motorcyclist to the hospital, authorities began the search for the driver who had left the motorcyclist lying on the freeway after striking him with his commercial truck.
“Collisions between cars and motorcyclists are, unfortunately, quite common,” explained an Orange County injury lawyer, “and two thirds of such accidents are the fault of the driver, not the motorcyclist.”
According to recent CHP reports, 17,158 hit and run accidents occurred in 2008, of which 16,930 resulted in injuries and 228 resulted in fatalities. Hit and run accidents often take a greater toll on an accident victim’s life because there is no one to hold accountable. If the negligent driver is present, then the accident victim can, with the help of an Orange County injury lawyer, seek monetary compensation from the driver for medical bills, lost wages, and property loss or damage. If the negligent driver is absent, the accident victim must cover these expenses on his or her own.
Hit and run motorcycle collisions tend to be particularly devastating. Motorcycles lack the protective shell that a car or truck provides, so the injuries motorcyclists sustain in accidents are usually more severe-as well as more expensive to treat.
“The truck driver who caused this accident must be found and held accountable,” said an Orange County injury lawyer. “I would like to wish the injured motorcyclist a smooth and timely recovery. If he and his family have any questions about their rights and options, they can feel free to call me.”
James Ballidis is an Orange County injury lawyer specializing in motorcycle accident claims. He has also written a book to aid accident victims in the process of researching and selecting a reputable lawyer. For legal advice or to request a copy of his book, Avoid Lawyer Advertising Hype, feel free to call 866-981-5596.