Laurie Trejo Santa Margarita: Laurie A. Trejo Injured In Santa Margarita Motorcycle Accident With Flatbed Truck On Highway 58
SANTA MARGARITA, CALIFORNIA (September 13, 2019) – A 34-year-old motorcyclist identified as Laurie Trejo was seriously injured in a hit-and-run car accident with a flatbed truck on Highway 58.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 9:10 a.m. near West Plaza Road. Laurie Trejo was traveling in the westbound lanes of Highway 58 on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
A 35-year-old man in Dodge flatbed truck was traveling in the eastbound lanes behind two big rig dump trucks. The flatbed truck driver attempted to pass by going into the westbound lanes.
The flatbed truck driver tried to move back into the westbound lanes but didn’t have the clearance with the big rig trucks by his side. He collided with the rear of the Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Laurie Trejo.
Police are saying that Laurie Trejo was ejected from the Harley Davidson and sustained major injuries. The victim was transported to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
Police arrested the driver of the flatbed truck on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. Any person that may have seen the accident is encouraged to call the California Highway Patrol.
Head-On Car Accident Causes and Injuries
Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of accidents that a person can be involved in. In fact, head-on collisions account for only around 2% of all car accidents but nearly 11% of all traffic fatalities. Motorcyclists tend to be much more seriously injured in accidents than other drivers in the event of an accident. Common injuries from motorcycle accidents may include:
- Broken bones
- Pelvic fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal trauma
Many of the injuries sustained from serious motorcycle accidents may not be immediately obvious. For example, many accident victims are left with very serious psychological trauma. According to WebMD, “The latest study by British researchers suggests that at least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal accidents have posttraumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety, depression, and phobias one year after the incident.” Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a motorcycle accident.
Liability In Motorcycle Accidents
Depending on how a road is constructed vehicles may be forbidden from using certain lanes to pass other vehicles. According to California Vehicle Code 21460, “If double parallel solid yellow lines are in place, a person driving a vehicle shall not drive to the left of the lines, except as permitted in this section.” It’s never a good idea to try to pass a semi-truck on a two lane road. This is a recipe for disaster. Here are just a few of the most common causes of head-on collisions:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Driver intoxication
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Ignoring lane markings
If the driver that caused an accident was working their employer may face civil liability. Generally speaking, companies are responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident so that fault can be determined.
Any person that is injured in a motorcycle accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover, lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A motorcycle accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with pursuing civil claims so it’s important to act quickly.
Getting Help After A Motorcycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Laurie Trejo. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol as they continue to investigate. There needs to be some accountability for this accident.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a motorcycle accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.