A Santa Cruz drivetime collision involving multiple vehicles tragically claimed a motorcyclist’s life on Thursday afternoon. The accident took place on Mission Street at Fair Avenue around 5 p.m. on February 18, 2021.
In a Facebook post, the Santa Cruz Police Department says they arrived on the scene along with Santa Cruz Fire Department members and immediately began life-saving efforts on the rider. That motorcyclist was rushed to Dominican Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The victim’s name wasn’t released but police said he was a 29-year-old man from Santa Cruz County.
The SCPD reported the other motorists involved in the accident stayed on the scene and cooperated with officers. Investigators had the street blocked for over an hour while they collected and processed evidence. The cause of the accident has not been released.
Santa Cruz Motorcycle Accident Hazards
Santa Cruz is such a beautiful place for a ride on a motorcycle and it’s hard to believe it can also be such a dangerous place for travelers. Motorcyclists from across the nation visit the area to take in the beachside scenery and the constant activity of the boardwalk. Sadly, those great attractions can also draw in careless drivers who pay little attention to others on the road.
Motorcyclists travel without protection from four walls and a roof and are incredibly vulnerable as they ride in the open air. They can quickly be forced into a devastating crash when drivers get distracted and fail to give a proper look for anyone on a bike.
For such a small place, Santa Cruz sees a tragic number of motorcycle accidents each year. The California Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) shows that in 2019 Santa Cruz County saw 110 collisions involving motorcycles. In those accidents, four people lost their lives and another 115 victims suffered injuries.
These sad incidents bring home the fact that drivers need to show more caution on Santa Cruz streets and highways and remember that motorcyclists have just as much right to the road as they do.
Support for Families After Santa Cruz Motorcycle Accidents
If you or a loved one was the victim of a careless driver don’t trust your family’s fate to insurance companies. As a family who has lost a loved one you have the right to file a wrongful death claim to try to recover some of the damages a tragic accident can leave behind. Nothing can bring back a victim of a thoughtless act, but the family can be protected from financial harm with a wrongful death claim. Be sure to speak to an attorney in your area about your family’s options. You can visit our page on wrongful death lawsuits for more information.