San Bernardino Motorcyclist Fatally Injured in Traffic Accident
San Bernardino, CA (December 7th, 2020) – On the evening of December 6th, a 63-year-old man was riding his motorcycle when he was involved in a traffic collision with a female driver. According to the San Bernardino Police Department, the female suspect fled and is currently being sought in connection with the accident.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., a San Bernardino resident by the name of Jeffrey Hewitt was riding a 2002 Harley Davidson southbound on Arrowhead Ave. and approaching the intersection with Alexander Ave. At this time, an unknown female motorist, driving a 2015 four-door burgundy Kia Optima, was traveling northbound on Arrowhead Ave. at unknown speeds.
For reasons not yet known, the female motorist made a left turn in front of the Harley Davidson, subsequently causing the collision. Hewitt was ultimately ejected from his motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. First responders treated Hewitt and transported him to a local hospital. While at the hospital, Hewitt succumbed to his injuries.
A witness to the collision followed the unknown female motorist who fled in the Kia Optima. The optima was later recovered a few blocks away from the scene but the driver has not yet been located.
It is not yet known if drugs or alcohol were factors in causing the accident but it appears that inattention may have played a role. The tragic accident is still under police investigation and any person who may have additional information is encouraged to call the San Bernardino Police Department.
Motorcyclists understand the inherent risks that come with riding their motorcycle. Unfortunately, as much as they take safety precautions, riders are always at risk of being injured by the negligence of another driver. According to a stats sheet provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were 488 motorcycle fatalities in 2018. Motorcyclists are incredibly vulnerable to the elements and at risk of serious injuries when riding alongside careless drivers.
Motorcycle accidents can happen for many reasons, but according to some reports, the main cause of accidents is driver negligence. In the State of California, every motorist has a legal responsibility to drive in a reasonably safe manner and obey traffic laws. In spite of this, there are drivers who regularly engage in reckless behaviors that can ultimately result in the death of an innocent person.
One of the most common forms of driver negligence comes in the form of driver inattention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving involves engaging in any task or activity that removes the driver’s attention from driving safely. The agency states that distracted driving can come in three forms: visual, manual, or cognitive. Each of these forms of distracted driving can be dangerous and it can also result in serious injuries. The CDC reports that in 2018, a total of 2,800 people lost their lives as a result of distracted driving.
Another common, yet incredibly dangerous form of negligent driving is driving while intoxicated. Whether a person is driving under the influence of a controlled substance or alcohol, intoxicated driving can lead to catastrophic car accidents. A person who drives while under the influence can find it difficult to focus on the road. Aside from confusion, most intoxicated drivers also have trouble seeing correctly.
Finally, although making a left-turn does not necessarily entail negligent driving, drivers who make a reckless left-turn without first checking for oncoming drivers can be considered negligent. When making a left-turn, motorists must give the oncoming traffic the right of way before making a turn. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately one-third of motorcycle accidents involve cars that make left-turns in front of motorcyclists.
When a traffic accident occurs as a result of another’s careless actions, such as driving while under the influence, the ability to obtain compensation may be possible. In California, negligent drivers are held responsible when their actions lead to the injury of an innocent person. Speak to a well-versed attorney who can help you establish the validity of your case and help you obtain the compensation you need to make a recovery.
For more than a decade, the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King have been dedicated to the pursuit of justice for those who have been injured as a result of another’s wrongdoing. The law firm is well-versed in complex motorcycle accidents cases and is prepared to handle the most challenging cases. If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, consider contacting the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King. Call (909) 297-5001 today for a free case evaluation.