SAN DIEGO, California – Kenneth Leroy Sawyer III, 51, was killed Tuesday morning when another driver in a Mitsubishi Eclipse made a U-turn in front of him and the two vehicles collided in the 3600 block of Morena Boulevard just north of Paul Jones Avenue, according to a San Diego County Medical Examiner report.
The motorcyclist crashed into the side of the Mitsubishi and the Sawyer sustained serious injuries at 5:53 a.m. Paramedics arriving at the scene of the motorcycle accident transported the injured man by ambulance to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where he died less than an hour later at 6:40 a.m., the report said. The man’s name has been withheld pending notification of his family.
“Motorcyclists are at a disadvantage on our roadways,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, a motorcycle rider himself and founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Bikers are less visible, they have less protection and they are more prone to serious injuries. However, drivers who pull in front of motorcycles do not have the right of way and can be liable for injuries or wrongful death of victims resulting from their mistakes.”
San Diego Motorcycle Accident Statistics
There were 389 fatalities and 10,134 injuries to motorcyclists in California in 2009, the latest statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic System Report.
In San Diego, there were 39 motorcyclist deaths and 989 reported injuries to motorcyclists in 2009, according to the CHP report.
In the United States, motorcyclist injuries made a significant drop, down roughly 9% to 82,000 injuries reported in 2010 compared to 90,000 injuries the year before. Fatal accidents were slightly up, 4,502 deaths were reported in 2010 compared to 4,469 in 2009.
Overall traffic accidents in San Diego reported 217 deaths and 12,998 injuries in 2009, according to the traffic report. In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.
For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.
If you are injured the insurance company may try to settle your claim quickly, but they do not have your best interests in mind. Some injuries may lead to long-term ailments requiring pain medication, therapy or loss of function. You may require time off work to recover from injuries completely and those costs are not likely part of the settlement they will offer you.
There is no cost to speak to our experienced legal professionals about your accident until we have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.
Call us today at 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with our car accident law firm. (Nuestros abogados hablan Español). There is no obligation to hire our firm, but we will help you determine if you need a lawyer. Seegmiller Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.