Earlier this year Gabriel Anthony Fajardo was driving his pickup in the carpool lane, going northbound while on the southbound side of the 405 Freeway. That was when he crashed into Nicholas Phillip Mann, a 57-year-old on a motorcycle.
Despite every effort taken by first responders, Mann died at the scene. Fajardo was charged with DUI and a felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced this month to four years and four months in prison.
We brought you this story because it highlights just how vulnerable motorcyclists are too drunk drivers. Unfortunately, that is not the only risk that motorcycle riders face. Do you know what to do if you are hurt in a motorcycle crash?
If you need a motorcycle crash lawyer, you can count on the Compass Law Group to be by your side.
What Can Happen?
California is a popular place to own a motorcycle, with nearly 900,000 registered bikes in the state.
For the latest reporting year in California, there were more than 14,000 motorcyclist injuries in crashes and motorcycle fatalities increased 11 percent. 548 motorcyclists lost their lives.
Motorcyclists are a vulnerable group of people on the roadway. While we know that most riders do everything they can to be safe, they cannot control the actions of other drivers around them. All too often, drivers in other vehicles ignore motorcyclists and refuse to give them the space they need on the roadway.
As we saw in the article above, drunk drivers are a danger to everyone on the roadway, especially motorcyclists. In that story, the drunk driver was going down the wrong side of the freeway. Other times drunk drivers swerve into a motorcyclist’s lane.
Also just as dangerous are drivers who operate while distracted by their phones or other devices. If a driver is looking at a screen, then they cannot properly watch the road.
Even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet, they are still susceptible to major injuries in a vehicle accident because they do not have much protection. Not only do they suffer from an initial impact with the vehicle, but they encounter another impact with the ground. Both of these impacts have the potential to cause major damage, including spinal cord injuries, head and brain trauma, soft tissue damage, amputations, as well as broken and dislocated bones.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, we know you will have many questions. At the Compass Law Group, we want to help you find some answers. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work with you to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. We know that medical bills pile up quickly and that, if you are unable to work, you may wonder how to afford your household bills.