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Calif. perfect for motorcycling, but ride with caution to avoid crashes

Californians were saddened by the news that HGTV star and avid motorcyclist Bill Beckwith was killed in a San Francisco motorcycle accident in his neighborhood in early December 2013.
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    December 14, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Californians were saddened by the news that HGTV star and avid motorcyclist Bill Beckwith was killed in a San Francisco motorcycle accident in his neighborhood in early December 2013. A carpenter and co-host on "Curb Appeal," Beckwith was only 38 when he died from head injuries from the fatal crash in the Lower Haight area around 8:30 p.m. on a Monday evening.

News reports suggest that the driver of the car may have been turning left in an intersection when he collided with Beckwith's cycle. Authorities are investigating.

Motorcycle-vehicle accidents often happen in similar circumstances: when the motor vehicle is in the process of turning left across a lane of oncoming traffic in which the motorcycle is approaching. Indeed, calls this type of cycle-car collision the "most common accident configuration."

In fact, about a week before the Beckwith accident, another motorcyclist died in Long Beach when a man on a Yamaha cycle collided with a left-turning car on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

California dreaming

California roads are wonderful for motorcycle rides and tours with amazing vistas and the perfect climate -- all year in Southern California. In the same ride, a biker can cruise along the strand with its ocean views, climb windy roads through foothills and into the mountains, and head out into open desert.

California caution

While California motorcyclists must exercise reasonable caution while riding and follow the rules of the road, including wearing helmets while biking as state law requires, drivers of larger motor vehicles must also drive with requisite caution to avoid negligently or recklessly endangering drivers and riders on smaller, unprotected motorcycles in traffic.

The operator of a car, van, SUV, truck or bus who strikes a motorcycle while driving drunk or under the influence of drugs, failing to follow the rules of the road or acting recklessly or negligently behind the wheel is liable for the resulting injuries or wrongful death of the motorcyclist and any passenger on the bike.

Motorcyclists and their passengers in accidents often sustain injuries because of the impact of the human body onto hard pavement and metal vehicles at high speeds. Common injuries include head trauma, broken bones and road rash. Tragically, too many motorcycle crashes are also fatal.

Seek seasoned legal advice

Any Californian injured in a motorcycle accident with another vehicle should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to understand the victim's legal options. The injured driver or rider may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent vehicle driver who caused the harm and could potentially recover damages for medical costs, lost wages, damage to the motorcycle, long-term care costs, pain and suffering, and more.

A Californian who loses a loved one in a motorcycle accident may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit or a survival action or both. A wrongful death lawyer can advise the family and loved ones of their options.

Article provided by Law Offices of Daral B. Mazzarella
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