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Fatal Motorcycle Accident Serves as a Warning for Others

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

CA injury lawyerA motorcycle accident on Highway 101 claimed the life of a San Jose man recently. As loved ones and family members deal with the devastating aftermath, the crash serves as an important reminder of how vulnerable bikers are in collisions with motor vehicles. Now that spring is here in the Bay area, increasing numbers of motorcycle enthusiasts will be taking to the roads. Take the time now to review some basic safety precautions which could help to prevent a collision.

Victim in Motorcycle Accident Identified as San Jose Man

A fatal motorcycle crash occurred recently in the northbound lanes near Dunne Avenue in Morgan Hill. The accident occurred just after 5:00 p.m. when the driver of a 2011 Yamaha R1 slammed into the back of 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. After making sure the victim’s family members were notified, state police finally released the victim’s name to the press several days later. The Yamaha driver was a 30-year-old man from San Jose. He was rushed to Regional Medical Center but later died as the result of his injuries.

The driver of the Silverado truck, an unidentified 45-year-old San Jose woman, suffered only minor injuries in the crash. Authorities claim the motorcyclist was slowing his Yamaha in response to changes in traffic conditions when the accident occurred. Unfortunately, he was not able to slow the motorcycle enough to avoid colliding into the back of the Silverado. The police report that there is no evidence the driver of the truck was under the influence. They are still waiting for toxicology reports on the motorcyclist.

Reducing Your Risks of Motorcycle Accidents

While motorcyclist and automobile drivers often share the road, the fact is that the differences in these vehicles make it necessary to take some extra precautions. Motorcyclists cannot slow or come to a complete stop as quickly as a car, nor can they navigate sudden turns or other changes as easily. Unfortunately, due to the nature of motorcycle riding and the lack of physical barriers, when collisions with other motorists do occur they have the potential to be deadly.

To protect yourself on the roads this spring, it is important to take some simple safety precautions. The California Highway Patrol advises the following:

  • Avoid speeding and going too fast for road, weather, or traffic conditions;
  • Avoid riding alongside other vehicles, where you may disappear in their blind spot. This is particularly dangerous when riding alongside trucks;
  • Never assume a motorist sees you. Be alert when riding and watch for sudden lane changes, stops, or other movements; and
  • Wear a helmet and dress appropriately. Long pants, boots, long sleeve shirts or a jacket can help to protect you in the event of a crash.

Contact a San Jose Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Help

When motorcycle accidents do occur, the Jachimowicz Law Group provides the aggressive legal representation you need to get compensation for your injuries. To request a free consultation to discuss how we can help you, call 408-246-5500 or contact our skilled San Jose injury attorneys online today.




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