News of motorcycle accidents doesn’t seem to stop coming in. In some cases, the cause and predictability of the accident seems clear, such as those cases involving reckless speeds by inexperienced motorcyclists, drinking and riding, or even trying to outrun police. In other cases — most cases, in fact — it is negligent drivers who cause injuries to innocent motorcyclists.
In Orange, California, a motorcyclist and his passenger were severely injured on Wednesday night. According to the OC Register, no other vehicles were involved. While we won’t speculate as to the cause of the motorcycle accident, statistics say that while the vast majority of car vs. motorcycle accidents are the car driver’s fault, the majority of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents are caused by rider error.
This is not intended to point fingers or show a lack of compassion — but rather a compassioned plea to our readers to ride safely, and to take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider training course. We are motorcycle accident lawyers, but first and foremost, we are riders. We see far too many accidents that could have been lessened or avoided with proper riding and safety training.
In more appalling news, back in my home state of Pennsylvania, a motorcyclist was killed when a trucker made an illegal u-turn on a freeway, cutting off the path of the biker, then dragging him to his death. The trucker eventually stopped to free the biker from the truck, then took off. What makes this tragedy even more infuriating is that the truck driver, 42-year-old Ernest Cohens of the Bronx, had his license suspended twenty times prior to this incident, and it was suspended at the time of the accident. What the heck is going on over there in New York? How did this guy get his license back nineteen times? And who on earth is letting him drive a truck? The worthless hit-and-run trucker should rot in jail. But if you ask me, whoever gave him the keys to that truck should share a cell with him.