James E. Ballidis
At about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12th, a drunk driver struck and seriously injured a motorcyclist in Huntington Beach. The accident occurred when the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck attempted to merge back into the northbound lane of Pacific Coast Highway after using the bicycle lane to bypass traffic and collided with the motorcycle rider, the impact sending him into a Honda Civic sedan. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital in critical condition. The driver of the truck fled the scene but was later apprehended and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence causing injury, hit and run causing injury, reckless driving causing injury, and possession of marijuana, explains an Orange County injury lawyer. Police have requested that witnesses contact the department’s traffic bureau at 714-536-5666.
Huntington Beach accounted for 3 of the 17 fatalities and 67 of the 759 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in Orange County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). That year, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 383 motorcycle riders and injured another 10,479 throughout the state.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the motorcyclist who was struck and seriously injured by the drunk driver a full recovery.
The Orange County Register originally reported this accident.
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