A 17-year-old girl is under arrest after she allegedly fled the scene of a motorcycle crash that sent two people to the hospital, according to reports. The crash occurred on Maryland Parkway near Silverado Ranch Boulevard when a Kawasaki motorcycle, traveling north in the left lane of Maryland Parkway, hit a Chevrolet Malibu that pulled in front of it while leaving Cici’s Pizza. The car hit the bike, causing the two riders to be ejected. Both were taken to Sunrise Hospital in critical condition.
The driver of the car, who is not suspected of being impaired, fled the scene but was found nearby. Police placed the driver, a young girl, under arrest. An investigation into the crash continues.
Motorcycle Hit-and-Run: A Deadly Reality
Hit-and-run is, unfortunately, a deadly reality for motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians in particular. These victims are more likely to be hit by a motorist who then flees the scene than someone in a passenger vehicle, and they are also more likely to die or to be seriously injured from the impact.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were nearly 62,000 motorcycle-related deaths between 1975 and 2005, and 56,000 of those fatalities involved two vehicles: a passenger car and a motorcycle. About 98 percent of those deaths were the motorcycle riders rather than the passengers or driver in the car. Between 1997 and 2005, motorcycle rider fatalities increased 113 percent, a trend that continues today.
Motorcycle riders are simply more vulnerable in crashes, and the fact that these victims are often not able to give chase after a hit-and-run may be one reason why they are more likely to be left to die after a crash by an irresponsible driver. Hit-and-run may also occur when the driver is unlicensed, uninsured or has outstanding warrants.
How Can I Protect Myself in a Motorcycle Crash?
The biggest problem facing motorcycle riders who are injured in a hit-and-run is finding the responsible driver. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. Even when the driver is located, it is often true that the driver has no insurance or assets to pay for damages.
If this is the case, a motorcycle rider may need to collect compensation from his or her own insurance company. However, some victims find that even their own insurers are reluctant to pay. The experienced attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson may be able to help. Call today for a free consultation.