Motorcycles can be exhilarating vehicles to operate, and there are plenty of motorcyclists in and around the Bay area. However, motorcyclists also face significant risks in the event collisions with vehicles occur. Recently, a disabled vehicle on the high rise portion of San Mateo-Hayward Bridge led to a collision that caused the death of one motorcyclist and injuries to two others. At Allegiance Law, our San Mateo motorcycle accident lawyers want to discuss this incident and let you know where you can turn if you are injured in a motorcycle collision.
On September 20, 2020, one motorcyclist was killed, and two were seriously injured when two separate motorcycles struck a disabled car in the slow lane on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a BMW sedan was stopped and disabled in the slow lane of westbound traffic on the bridge just before 10 am on Sunday, September 20. That was when a group of motorcyclists were traveling in the lane and struck the disabled vehicle. Most of the motorcyclists were able to change lanes and get around the vehicle, but two cycles struck the rear of the BMW. The rider of one of the motorcycles was thrown off of the bridge and into the San Francisco Bay. His body was later recovered by the US Coast Guard. A driver and passenger on a second motorcycle were taken to the hospital for treatment of major injuries.
The driver and passenger of the BMW had previously left the disabled vehicle and were walking west on the bridge at the time the incident occurred.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, we can see that there were 488 motorcyclist fatalities and 13,969 motorcyclist injuries caused by collisions during the latest reporting year across the state. Motorcyclists have very little protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into them. Even motorcyclists wearing helmets can sustain severe injuries. At Allegiance Law, our San Mateo motorcycle accident lawyers regularly help clients who have sustained the following:
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in or around the San Mateo area, seek assistance from an attorney immediately. At Allegiance Law, our knowledgeable and experienced team will conduct a full investigation into the crash in an effort to determine liability. Our goal is to secure the compensation victims need, which can include: