Motorcycle accidents are devastating to the victim, their families, witnesses and even the driver who struck them. The reality is that no one wants to see another person get hurt. Sadly, many drivers do not pay enough attention to the road and do cause accidents that result in serious injuries or the deaths of motorcyclists.
Sometimes, accidents happen when you'd least expect them. Take, for example, this report from Aug. 13 about a motorcyclist who was killed in a two-vehicle crash. According to the story, the motorcyclist had been traveling on Farrington Hollow Road when a person began backing out of his driveway in his vehicle. The 47-year-old driver failed to yield to the motorcyclist's right of way, leading to the 50-year-old motorcyclist impacting the vehicle.
The 50-year-old motorcyclist was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital, but he died as a result of his injuries. The driver who caused the crash was cited for failing to yield and will face charges.
In cases like this one, it's something as simple as failing to look before backing out of a driveway that causes extreme harm to another person and results in devastation for a family. If you or someone you love is impacted by a motorcycle crash, remember that you do have a right to hold the person who struck you or your loved one responsible. It is a driver's responsibility to pay attention to the road and to yield to other road users who have the right of way, even if that person is a motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian. All people have to share the road.