Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Modesto Blamed on SUV Driver

January 17, 2012

A recent motorcycle accident in Modesto left a man dead after being thrown from his bike, according to News10. Modesto police Officer Scott Nelson says that the motorcyclist was heading north on Tully Road when he ran into an SUV that was making a left turn in front of him. The driver of the SUV failed to see the oncoming bike. While airborne, the cyclist went through an elevated street signs and into someone's backyard. The cyclists ended up near a sliding door of the house.
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"It was loud and bad. It seemed like it hit the house. They couldn't find the body of the person. They were looking on the roof," said the homeowner.

Our Modesto motorcycle accident lawyers understand that the state of California is fortunate enough to be able to provide residents with motorcycle-riding weather year round. Unfortunately, because of these conditions riders are faced with serious risks for accidents too. More than half of all motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle are in fact the fault of the other driver and not of the motorcyclist. It's a new year and we're using this time to reach out to drivers to ask them to be more cautious on our roadways and to keep a close eye out for motorcyclists.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 4,500 motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents across the country in 2009. Another 100,000 were injured during the same year. In the state of California, nearly 400 motorcyclists were killed throughout the year. Our state was the third most dangerous in the country for these types of accident.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics Breakdown:

-About 75 percent of all motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another vehicle.

-Only about a quarter of all motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle accidents.

-Roadway defects contribute to about 2 percent of all motorcycle accidents.

-In multiple-vehicle crashes, the other vehicle's driver failed to yield to the right-of-way of the motorcyclists nearly 70 percent of the time.

-Drivers failing to see or recognize motorcycles on the road is the predominating cause of motorcycle crashes.

-Motorcycle accidents most frequently occur at intersections.

-Weather is not a factor in 99 percent of all motorcycle crashes.

The Modesto Police Department and our personal injury attorneys are here to offer you some motorcycle safety tips to help reduce the risks of these types of accidents.

Motorcycle Safety Tips:

-Never tailgate. Vehicles may stop unexpectedly and motorcycles have a difficult time stopping on some surfaces.

-Avoid riding between lanes, even if traffic is stopped or traveling slowly.

-Know and follow all traffic laws.

-Use turn signals and hand signals to help alert other motorists of your intended maneuvers.

-Make sure that you protect yourself when riding, wear the safety gear.

-Always drive defensive and assume that other driver's don't see you.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Modesto or elsewhere in the area and needs to speak to a personal injury lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Robert J. Anaya. For a free consultation call 1-209-522-7500 to discuss your claim.

Additional Resources:

Modesto motorcyclist killed in high speed crash, by Tim Daly, News10

More Blog Entries:

Fatal Crash Kills Motorcyclist, Injuries Ten Others, Modesto Injury Lawyer Blog, August 4, 2010

Protect Your Rights in a Motorcycle Accident, Modesto Injury Lawyer Blog, March 31, 2010