Rare video footage from a helmet camera shows a motorcyclist getting hit by a car on the 405 Freeway, in Orange County, CA. The motorcyclist was legally splitting the lanes on the right side of the carpool lane, when a driver illegally veered out of the carpool lane, hitting the motorcyclist. The impact from the car sent the motorcyclist careening across three lanes of the 405 Freeway before smashing into a truck, and ultimately crashing to the ground. The rider was sustained life changing injuries from the motorcycle accident, including several fractures that required multiple orthopedic surgeries, chronic pain as well as mental and emotional distress.
A motorcyclist that was riding behind the accident, caught the entire accident on his helmet camera. Click the following link to view the video of the motorcycle accident. The collision occurred near the Orange County and Long Beach border.
The driver of the car was a mechanic for an Irvine based automotive repair company, who was test driving a customer’s car at the time of the accident. The mechanic was alone in the car and should not have been in the carpool lane to begin with. Because the mechanic was on the job, the Irvine mechanic shop was named in the lawsuit. In December 2019, a jury in the Los Angeles Superior Court of California awarded the culver city man that was injured in the motorcycle accident over $21 Million dollars in damages.
Motorcycle accidents are particularly dangerous because riders do not have the same protection as someone in a car, such as seat belts, airbags, or a metal frame to protect them. For this reason, many motorcycle accidents are fatal. Too many cyclists in Orange County die each year from unnecessary collisions with cars and trucks. Motorcycles are harder to see than car, which explains why cars and trucks may unintentionally cut off a motorcyclist, or veer into the rider, which is what occurred to the culver city man. Drivers in Orange County need to increase awareness of motorcycles, and use extra caution when changing lanes.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to retain an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you get the medical treatment you need, and negotiate a claim with the insurance companies. If you have been involved in an accident, it is important that you do not make a statement to any insurance company without speaking to a personal injury attorney first. Chudleigh Law P.C. offers free consultations to anyone that has been injured in a motorcycle accident, and accepts cases on a contingency fee so there is no fee unless they win your case.