A motorcyclist was hit by a car in Laguna Niguel at 5:15pm on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the intersection of Golden Lantern Street and Paseo Adelanto according to Orange County news sources. While the Laguna Niguel motorcycle accident is still under investigation, authorities report the motorcyclist was hit by the car and then thrown from the motorcycle.
This is a very unfortunate situation but it highlights two times when motorcyclists should be extra vigilant: at intersections and during rush hour.
Motorcycle Accidents at Intersections
We all know that in a collision with a car, the motorcyclist always loses. The motorcyclist has very little protection and when a car and motorcycle meet, a spoonful of chrome doesn’t stand a chance against a half ton of steel. That’s why the motorcyclist must drive defensively. It’s important to always be watching for other cars. Never assume the other driver sees you. When passing intersections, pay special attention to cars that have yet to stop.
Tips for motorcyclists:
- Make sure other motorists can see you. Wear bright colors, and stay out of blind spots. At night wear reflective gear.
- Never drive above the speed limit, especially near intersections. In fact, it is a good idea to slow down when nearing an intersection. You never know when a distracted or drunk driver may be heading in your direction. Even though motorcyclists have the same rights as other motor vehicles, it won’t matter if they were to blame for the accident if you don’t survive the accident.
- Never drive under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. You must have full control of your motorcycle and be completely aware of your surroundings at all times. Note that NHTSA statistics shows Thursday night through Saturday night especially bad for accidents due to drivers under the influence. At these times, it is especially important to drive safe and be vigilant through intersections.
Motorcycle Accidents at Rush Hour (especially friday night)
According to the NHTSA report “The Economic and Societal Impact Of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010 (Revised May 2015)”:
“In the early morning hours, injury and PDO crashes follow traffic density patterns very closely. The highest number of these crashes occur during the mid-day timeframe up to the end of rush hour, when traffic density is highest. After peak rush hour, they occur at a rate that is above traffic density. Fatal crashes follow a similar pattern, but generally occur at rates below traffic density during the day but above density in the early morning hours and after rush hour when traffic density is relatively light.
On weekends, a significant proportion of all three crash types occur between midnight and 8 a.m., when traffic congestion is relatively light. This is especially true for fatal crashes, with a particular concentration of fatalities in the midnight to 6 a.m. timeframe. This likely reflects the increased consumption of alcohol on weekend evenings, with its resulting toll on driver skills and judgment. For the remaining hours of the weekend, crash frequencies are lower than would be expected based solely on exposure, but when they occur, they occur during times of relatively high traffic density.”
Laguna Niguel Motorcycle Accident
It’s important that motorcyclists protect themselves and take extra precautions at the most dangerous times and areas. This Laguna Niguel motorcycle accident was both at an intersection and at the peak of rush hour on a friday night.
However, accidents can still happen no matter how cautious and safe you are driving. If you do get in an accident it is in your best interest to contact a California motorcycle lawyer as soon as you can to ensure you get the best medical care and recovery possible. You should also make sure your loved ones know what to do in the case you are injured too seriously to contact an attorney yourself.