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Man Seriously Injured in Salem Motorcycle Accident

Date: March 28, 2011
Location: State and 24th Streets, Salem
Name: Cecilio A. Carranza

A Salem man who bought his motorcycle just a few days ago was critically injured when he lost control of his Kawasaki bike.

Oregonlive.com reports that just before 5pm on Monday March 28, Cecilio A. Carranza, age 33 of Salem, went out of control and slammed into a car stopped for a red light at State and 24th Streets, according to Police Lt. Shawn Adams. After Carranza struck the car, he reportedly hurtled head-first into a stopped van, and the impact caused a significant head injury even though Carranza was wearing a helmet.

Carranza was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment of a critical head wound. He reportedly didn’t yet have a motorcycle endorsement for his Oregon driver’s license.

Our hearts go out to Mr. Carranza and his family as he recovers from this tragic accident. He was doing the right thing by wearing a helmet, and yet accidents do happen. We wish him the best and pray for a full and speedy recovery.

On January 1, 2010 Oregon’s new motorcycle laws went into effect with the intent of decreasing the number of motorcycle accidents on Oregon highways. New Oregon motorcycle riders have to pass a rider education course that is approved by the Oregon Dept. of Transportation. Previously, new riders under the age of 21 needed the course to get a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license; after January 1, 2011 new riders under age 31 have to take the class too. As of January 1, 2012 the law covers riders under the age of 41, and other age groups are phased into the law over time.

If you have been hurt in an accident and you have questions on any aspect whatsoever, don’t hesitate to contact a knowledgeable Portland personal injury lawyer.