Motorcycling can be exhilarating, but it’s a mode of transportation that involves some of the most dangerous accidents on the road. Every biker knows this, which is why most exercise extreme caution—and why more car and truck drivers should be aware of motorcycles around them and make sure to give them enough room.
That kind of awareness may have been enough to prevent a terrible accident involving a motorcyclist in San Diego last month. The man, in his 30s, was heading south on I-5 in the evening, around 6 p.m. For reasons that aren’t unclear, the motorcycle collided with a nearby Toyota Corolla. That would have been bad enough, but the impact sent the motorcycle careening into a nearby semi. That’s when things took a heartbreaking turn for the worse.
The biker apparently became stuck underneath the semi, which was still moving at freeway speeds. Police say he was trapped under the rear axle of the tractor trailer, and was dragged 150 feet on the highway before the truck could stop.
Miraculously, the man survived, but was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.
As is common with accidents of this nature, the people in the Toyota and the big rig were not injured. Authorities haven’t indicated who was at fault in the accident, but motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to larger vehicles, which is why it’s so important to drive carefully near them. Basic tips for sharing the road safely with motorcyclists include:
If you or someone you love has been injured while motorcycling, you deserve help. Compensation is available to help victims of motorcycle accidents pay for medical bills, rehabilitative therapy, damages, and lost wages. Talk to a motorcycle accident attorney at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene before you agree to anything from the insurance company. The consultation is FREE.