A biker was killed after his motorcycle was hit by a car in Santa Rosa, Calif. recently. Norman Greenbaum, writer and singer of “Spirit in the Sky,” a rock hit in 1970, was seriously injured in the crash as well. He was a passenger in the Suburu Outback that police said failed to yield to the motorcyclist who had the right of way.
Ihab Usama Halaweh, 20, of Northern California was killed immediately. His passenger was taken to the hospital along with Greenbaum. The driver of the car was uninjured.
According to the report filed by the California Highway Patrol officer on the scene, it didn’t appear that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident but that the car driver should have yielded to oncoming traffic, even though there was no stop sign at the intersection where the crash happened.
The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2013 that 4,668 people died in motorcycle crashes. In that same year, 88,000 bikers were injured in accidents. Further, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a bike-car accident than the occupants of the automobile.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact a knowledgeable lawyer who is passionate about representing bikers and will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve for injuries or when your loved one has been killed in the accident. Call Andrew Prince at Team Law today for a free consultation about your accident.