A California Highway Patrol (CHP) press release states that a man from Pismo Beach was seriously injured while riding his motorcycle in a three-vehicle accident on northbound Highway 101 in Santa Barbara Saturday.
Sgt. Don Clotworthy said the CHP was alerted that a dog was loose on the freeway at about 10am, causing vehicle to slow and swerve to avoid the animal.
Before officers could arrive on the scene, the motorcyclist struck the rear of a Lexus sedan and was, in-turn, rear-ended by a Hyundai Elantra. The motorcyclist was thrown on to the roadway where he suffered serious impact injuries.
The motorcyclist was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where he was admitted with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Lexus sedan was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor neck and head pain.
Sgt. Clotworthy said that the collision is still under investigation but that alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor in the incident. He also reported that the dog ran off of the freeway unharmed.
As a car accident lawyer, I can tell you that this sort of accident, unfortunately, happens all of the time. Something in the road begins to distract and frustrate all drivers and we become less aware of our surroundings. We must all take extra precautions to ensure everyone stays safe on the road when this happens. If you have been injured by what you believe someone else’s negligent actions, contact a Ventura motorcycle accident lawyer today to discuss your case.