Hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists have been involved in serious or fatal motorcycle accidents since the enactment of the Highway Safety and The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Acts of 1966. A serious motorcycle accident can be caused by many factors, including speeding, poor road conditions, drunk driving, traffic congestion, motorcycle defects, or motorcycle signaling error. But one of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes resulting in motorcyclist fatality or injury is auto driver negligence. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately one-half of all motorcycle accidents involve another motor vehicle. “Nearly 40 percent,” the NHTSA’s most recent report states, “were caused by the other vehicle turning left in front of the motorcyclist.”
On September 9, 2011 in Eastern El Paso County, KOAA 5 News reported that a two-vehicle crash closed the intersection of Meridian Road and Tourmaline Drive at around 8:30 PM. The accident left the motorcyclist, a man from Colorado Springs, dead. The Colorado State Patrol reported that a Ford Mustang was attempting an illegal left turn onto southbound Meridian as a motorcycle rider approached the intersection. Troopers stated that the motorcycle rolled as it attempted to avoid the Mustang, colliding with the car and catching fire. The driver, a 23 year-old Colorado Springs man, was not injured and, after Patrol investigation, was cited with one count of Careless Driving Causing Death.
Careless Driving Causing Death is a traffic violation in Colorado. The driver charged with causing the death of the 47 year-old motorcyclist will not be held in custody while awaiting his court date, but was likely released from jail on a summons. If convicted of the charge, the driver of the Mustang could face a sentence of up to one year in jail.
Auto driver negligence is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents. If the driver of an automobile fails to use due care while operating his or her vehicle, causes an accident because of his or her own negligence, and you or your loved one suffered damages from such negligence, you should seek legal counsel on motorcyclist rights. As a motorcycle accident lawyer, Gordon Heuser specializes in securing the compensation injured motorcyclists and their families deserve– the sense of justice that trivial traffic fines simply do not offer.