On the evening of Monday, August 20, motorcyclist James Hall, 33, and his passenger, Joe Wayne Young III, 20, were injured in a crash with a 2004 Chevy Cavalier in Bakersfield. The collision occurred when the driver of the Chevy, 26-year-old Kaycee Clagg, made a U-turn after stopping at the east side of the northbound lane of Oildale Drive, obstructing the path of the riders. The impact threw them from the bike, causing them to suffer moderate trauma. Paramedics transported them to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When motorcyclists are injured in collisions caused by the negligence of others, they may seek compensation for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis, “including for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Statewide, motorcyclist fatalities decreased by 10.7 percent from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Bakersfield accounted for 46 of the fatal and injury motorcycle accidents that occurred in the state in 2010, with the OTS ranking it 9th out of 13 cities for rider safety in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to James Hall and Joe Wayne Young III, the motorcyclist and passenger who were injured in the crash.
The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this collision.
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