San Diego News 10 reported that an unnamed 21-year-old man was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with an automobile on January 31, 2012. According to San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros, the auto accident happened in the Barrio Logan area at around 5p.m. when the motorcyclist who was eastbound on Main Street, struck a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which was traveling westbound and was turning left onto Vesta Street. The rider was seriously injured having sustained multiple injuries including a broken femur and clavicle and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The incident is still under investigation by SDPD Traffic Division.
Applicable California Law
At first blush it would seem that the driver of the Monte Carlo is at fault for violation of Vehicle Code 2181(a), which requires the driver of a vehicle who is turning left to yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction and are close enough to constitute a hazard during the turning movement. However, drivers also must exercise due care when approaching the turning vehicle. Since the intersection in question is controlled by a traffic light, the color of the light for each respective driver will be crucial in determining who is at fault as well as the speed of each vehicle. Once liability is determined, the driver and owner of the car will be responsible for the victim’s property damage and personal injuries proportionate to their respective fault.
Motorcycle riders must exercise extreme caution and vigilance for safety as they are most vulnerable to serious injuries from accidents. Motorcycle accidents resulting from car accidents are a leading cause of serious injuries and wrongful death. Exploring your options with the aid of an experienced personal injury attorney after sustaining a serious injury or the loss of a loved one is crucial.