Many of the news stories we hear about motorcycles being involved in accidents and collisions place the blame squarely on the shoulders of a driver of another vehicle. But there was one story which came out earlier this summer that captured the attention of many and left everyone stunned.
On April 1st 2015, Jesse Lopez, a 24 year old motorcyclists who had owned his bike for less than one year, decided to strap a GoPro camera onto his helmet as he and his friends raced up Glendora Ridge Road. While the first two minutes of the tape are relatively uneventful (apart from witnessing Lopez riding at dangerous speeds up the hillside), by the three minute mark the video has shown Lopez crashing into the front of a fire truck. The GoPro camera flips several times before settling on the ground, the sun glaring into its lens.
“Like Watching a Movie about Someone Else”
The GoPro camera is eventually picked up by a friend of Lopez who records the rescue crew tending to Lopez’s injuries. Lopez was eventually airlifted to a trauma center, where it was discovered he had suffered a severely broken arm and two compound fractures in his left leg.
No one in the fire truck had been injured.
Upon watching the video later, Lopez stated that watching his GoPro film was “like watching a movie about someone else.”
Motorcycle-Related Deaths Account for 15% of All Crash Deaths
Lopez’s accident is tragic, but the injuries he suffered were minimal compared to many others in similar accidents. Every year several all too many Americans die in motorcycle related accidents, whether they be the fault of the cyclist or the fault of another driver.
In 2013, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that there were 447 motorcycle crash deaths, accounting for 15% of all vehicle-related crash deaths. This is just over 20 more deaths compared to 2012 when 426 Californian motorcyclists died due to crashes and collisions.
Do You Need an Attorney for Your Motorcycle-Related Accident?
Whenever there has been an injury or a fatality involving a motorcycle, it is important that riders of motorcycles or drivers of other vehicles engage a qualified personal injury attorney. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP we strongly recommend seeking legal guidance as California’s Vehicle Code contains complex laws regarding motorcycle accidents which, unless navigated by an expert attorney, may leave drivers confused or misguided.
The law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP offers free consultations to anyone who has been injured in a motorcycle crash or any other vehicle-related accident. To arrange for your free consultation, we welcome your call at (310) 273-1230.