Tragically, a 48 year old man died from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident on the Sonoma Coast. The man had contact with his teenage son and with dispatchers for about 30 minutes, but could not tell them his exact location.
The man crashed his motorcycle just before 3:15 p.m. on the Sonoma coast. He was thrown from a 1998 Harley-Davidson when he lost control on the curving road. He managed to reach his son but could only tell him he was between the highway and the ocean, and that he could see water. He also said he could not move his legs.
The man’s cell phone battery died at 5 p.m. Although rescuers attempted to locate him using cell phone towers, it didn’t work. Searchers began searching the highway on foot at 7:30, looking for signs of where the man may have left the road. Finally, at around 8:30 p.m., a Coast Guard helicopter spotted his motorcycle on a cliff. It took 30 minutes more to locate the accident victim, who died before rescuers could reach him.
If you are a motorcyclist, remember it’s always important to bring a buddy with you if possible. If it’s not possible to bring another biker, you should be sure to let others know where you are riding and how long you will be gone. Make sure to have a cell phone in your possession. While you are riding, make mental notes about your location, so that in the event you need to summon help, you can let rescuers know where to find you.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, property damage, and more. Contact Don Sjaarda, Orange County personal injury attorney, at 714-963-8216.