Cyclists and motorcycle riders share a common handicap when out on the roads and highways with other vehicles. They both are often unseen by drivers of cars and trucks. They also both have a relatively lower profile than the typical motor vehicle, and this in turn leads to accidents and injuries.
However, sometimes a motorcycle and a bicycle collide, and then it’s the cyclist that is at a disadvantage, mostly because of the size and weight of the motorcycle.
Cyclist Killed in Collision With Motorcycle in Fresno County
A 70-year-old cyclist died Sunday, May 24, 2020, when he was struck by a motorcycle on Auberry Road, just south of Millerton Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, the cyclist, who was from Clovis, was riding on the right should of the southbound lane of Auberry Road when a motorcycle approached from behind going around 55 mph.
According to the rider of the motorcycle, the cyclist turned out into the street in the path of the motorcycle. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, and the motorcycle rider was taken to Community Regional Medical Center.
Cyclist and Motorcycle Crash Accidents
Both riders of motorcycles and bikes have a much higher risk of serious injury or fatality than do occupants of motor vehicles. Roughly put, in crashes with motor vehicles, 3% of motorcycle accidents are fatal and around 1.3% of bicycle crashes are fatal.
Compare these to only 1/20th of a percent of all motor vehicle accidents result in a fatality, according to statistics from the NHTSA.
What makes motorcycle and bicycle crashes so dangerous? The answer is in the lack of visibility of both two-wheel types of vehicles compared to cars, and the size and weight difference for both compared to a car. When it comes to a cyclist, he or she has the least protection which is why a cyclist has such a high fatality risk.
Cyclist and Motorcycle Crash Injuries
At Maison Law, we know that cyclists and motorcyclists share a love for the open road and love to get out on the highways in California. However, we are also aware of the dangers and risks to both types of riders, and we have made it our mission to help the victims of both cyclists and motorcyclists to get compensation for their injuries due to someone else’s negligence.
Over the years, we’ve seen many injuries that are common to both cyclists and motorcycle riders, and we have experience in helping victims get compensation for these injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Broken Collarbone
- Broken Facial Bones
- Shattered Knees
- Shattered Wrists/Elbows
- Severe Road Rash
- Organ Damage
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Compound Fractures
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer.
After an accident involving a serious injury in the Central Valley, contact attorney Martin Gasparian for a free consultation and case evaluation. Mr. Gasparian takes a hands-on approach to every case. He believes that every client should work directly with their lawyer, get honest advice and personalized attention to detail their case deserves.