A motorcyclist is hospitalized after a frightening weekend collision with a turning vehicle in San Miguel. The California Highway Patrol responded to the scene in northern San Luis Obispo County around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2022.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported the accident occurred at the intersection of River Road and Verde Place. CHP investigators say the driver of a Honda Civic was making a left turn onto River Road when he had to stop for oncoming traffic. This left the Honda in the path of a motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the front end of the Honda.
The rider, a 23-year-old from San Miguel, was thrown from the bike and suffered major injuries. He was rushed to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.
The 21-year-old Honda driver, also from San Miguel, was uninjured. The CHP continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision, but they do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.
Motorcycle Accident Dangers in San Miguel
Motorcyclists hit the roads in San Luis Obispo County for weekend rides all the time. Unfortunately, careless drivers can put them at risk no matter what day of the week it is.
When drivers are turning, they can often jump too quickly and not give enough attention to all directions to spot the smaller profile of a motorcyclist. They can proceed when they don’t have the right-of-way and leave an approaching rider too little time or room to avoid a devastating collision.
The California Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) tracks motorcycle accidents across San Luis Obispo County each year. In 2021, the unofficial total on all motorcycle accidents amounted to 112 incidents. TIMS documented 6 fatalities in those motorcycle accidents and another 115 injury victims.
This continued danger for motorcyclists on our local roads should remind all drivers to take the extra time to look out for motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians no matter where they travel.
A word for the victims of motorcycle accidents in San Luis Obispo County…
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you should be aware of the benefits available to you and your family through an insurance claim. Financial support should at least be expected to help with every hospital bill and the time victims miss away from their jobs.
You can read more about these cases on my page about motorcycle accident claims in San Luis Obispo County.