A Sacramento motorcyclist has been sent to the hospital after being hit by a car. Luckily, army paramedics were nearby and able to stabilize the victim.
According to witnesses, the motorcyclist was rear-ended by a sedan, causing him to be thrown into the car’s windshield and on to the pavement. Immediately after the accident, witness Sgt. Joshua Smithee, a civilian firefighter EMT, ran to the motorcyclist while two other soldiers stopped traffic. Sgt. Smithee ensured that the patient’s head, neck and back were stabilized, preventing any further injury.
Sgt. Smithee stated that the victim was “alert and oriented and talking to us and could answer certain questions we asked to see where he was mentally. Then he would stop and pause and ask, ‘What happened?’ He’d ask a question, and we would answer it. Then he would ask the same question a few minutes later.”
Despite his disorientation, which is common after an accident, the motorcyclist appeared to have no serious injuries. Once first responders had arrived, the motorcyclist was transferred by ground to the hospital.
The driver, who remained at the scene, appeared to be unharmed but was disoriented.
Motorcycle Accidents and the Law
California, especially around the Sacramento area, is perfect for motorcycle riding with its scenic views and winding, open landscape. Despite the beauty Sacramento has to offer, motorcyclists run a far greater risk of being injured while on the road than someone in a car. In fact, according to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 4,667 motorcycle-related deaths occurred nationally in 2012. This is double the number from 1997. Furthermore, other statistics reveal that 11 percent of all roadway accidents that occur in the US involve motorcycles.
Those who are involved in a motorcycle accident and suffer injury and/or property damage have the same rights as those who are injured in car accidents to seek compensation for damages. Damages, particularly with those involved in a motorcycle accident, can be high. They can include medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Those who have suffered injury due to the negligence of another driver should seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Personal injury lawyers can help you gather evidence and build a case. They can also help you negotiate settlements and even represent you in court. If you have been hit by another driver while riding your motorcycle, exercise your legal rights by contacting a personal injury lawyer today.