A motorcycle accident in Garden Grove caused severe injuries to a 52-year-old man the afternoon of April 20, 2010, The Orange County Register reports. The injury crash between the motorcycle and a taxi cab occurred at the intersection of College Avenue and West Street. Garden Grove police say the taxi was traveling west on College and the motorcyclist was headed north on West. The rider was ejected on to the roadway and suffered leg injuries. Police say alcohol or drugs are not suspected in this crash.
There were 12 deaths and 717 injuries involving car accidents in Garden Grove in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 152 fatalities and 13,414 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents during the same year.
If the details of this news report are accurate, it appears that one of the two vehicles may have failed to yield right-of-way or run a red light at the intersection. Failure to yield right-of-way is a serious traffic violation. According to California Vehicle Code section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.”
In this case, the injured victim would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will analyze all facets of this incident and hold the negligent parties accountable. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition at the intersection caused or contributed to this injury crash. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could be held liable as well. Under California Government Code 911.2, any claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
What steps can motorcyclists take to be seen on the roadways especially at intersections where a majority of motorcycle accidents occur?
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