A man has died in a motorcycle accident when he struck a car driven by a sheriff’s deputy along Airport Road in Kern County, California. The motorcyclist was riding eastbound while the deputy was traveling on the opposite direction, allegedly in a rush to respond to a call for assistance.
Details of the Accident
Eyewitnesses have stated that when the motorcyclist struck the police car, the deputy’s vehicle was attempting a left turn even when the traffic light showed a red arrow. The eastbound and westbound lanes had green traffic signals at the time. The impact of the motorcycle crash left the motorcycle in a total wreck and debris coming from the motorcycle was strewn on the scene of the accident. The deputy’s Ford patrol car also sustained significant damage – evidenced by deep dents on the front passenger fender and a bent right front suspension. The 59-year old motorcycle rider, however, died at the crash site.
Accidents Involving Deputy Cars
The motorcycle accident victim is the 4th fatality involving a sheriff’s deputy vehicle in Kern County in the last four years. Other fatal vehicular accidents have occurred as deputies rushed to respond to calls for assistance, notably in December 2011, September 2014, and June 2015. If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or for the wrongful death of a family member. Motorcycle riders are vulnerable to serious and fatal injuries in a crash with other motor vehicles which are usually larger and heavier than a motorbike. Survivors of a motorcycle crash may suffer serious injuries, even with a helmet on, such as traumatic brain or head injury fractures, and other internal injuries. Extensive medical treatment, physical rehabilitation, and therapy are often required for an injured motorcyclist to recover completely.
Recovering Compensation for a Motorcycle Accident
Your personal injury attorney can help you to pursue a claim for compensation to cover all your medical bills, future expenses for treatment, lost earnings or income, and for your pain and suffering. The amount that you can claim will depend on the circumstances of your accident, the extent of your injuries, and the impact that your injuries may have on your future employment and lifestyle. The Central Valley law firm of Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin has more than 70 years of motorcycle accident experience, serving clients across Northern California as well in a wide range of personal injury cases. We also handle injuries resulting from hit and run accidents, product defects, truck accidents, slip and fall injury, truck accidents, and wrongful death cases. We invite you to call our offices today at (209) 522-2211 to speak to one of our attorneys about your situation.