In an Instant: How Your California Motorcycle Ride Can Suddenly Turn Disastrous Due to Other Drivers’ Negligence Fatal motorcycle accidents can occur so quickly. One moment you're simply cruising down the road and the next... everything changes for the worse. If that accident causes you catastrophic injuries or fatally injures your loved one, then it has permanently altered your whole world. It may also have had a devastating effect on your family's financial security. A knowledgeable San Mateo motorcycle accident lawyer can take on the legal system and/or the insurance companies to help you seek the financial recovery you need. N.H. was one of those motorcyclists. The 21-year-old man was driving along a city street in northwest Fresno just before 5:00 pm one Saturday afternoon. Then, the driver of a nearby pickup truck decided to make a U-turn. The police said that they did not suspect the truck driver was drunk or high, but that he simply "misjudged the speed of the motorcycle," according to a Fresno Bee report. And, in an instant, that led to the motorcyclist slamming into the passenger's side of the truck and N.H. dying at the scene as a result of his massive injuries. For motorcyclists in the Bay Area, across California, and around the country, scenarios like this one play out far too often. In the most recent year for which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has statistics, more than 5,000 people died -- and another 80,000 were injured -- in motorcycle crashes. Additionally, motorcyclists and their passengers were, per vehicle mile driven, nearly thirty times more likely to die in a crash than the drivers or passengers of cars, trucks, and SUVs. If you've been seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident -- or you've lost a loved one in a fatal crash -- you need a knowledgeable legal team with first-hand experience dealing with the many ways that motorcycle accidents are unique.