As the summer warms up, it’s important to talk about safety on the roads. Motorcyclists, in particular, are at risk of being involved in collisions with other drivers. Other drivers may not think about the potential for motorcyclists to be on the roads. If they do see a motorcyclist, they may think that the vehicle is traveling more slowly than it really is, leading to a collision if they pull out into its path.
It’s often the case that a motorcyclist is harmed or killed when another driver attempts to make a left-hand turn. A left-hand turn requires a driver to cross into the path of the oncoming motorcyclist, which can lead to the driver cutting off their path. The result is a T-bone crash or a situation where the motorcyclist tries to evade the driver and ends up crashing their vehicle.
That’s what happened in this case when a motorcyclist, 37, was traveling north and ended up colliding with a Cadillac SRX heading south. The Cadillac’s driver was attempting to make a left-hand turn when they pulled into the path of the motorcyclist. It’s not clear if the driver did not see the motorcyclist or if they thought that they had enough time to make the turn without affecting the motorcyclist’s route.
Unfortunately, the collision was severe and left the motorcyclist with catastrophic injuries. They did not survive the incident. The other driver’s condition wasn’t reported, but they did survive the collision.
Cases like this one show why it’s so important to be on your guard as a motorcyclist. Drivers aren’t always as cautious as they should be, and that lack of caution can lead to fatal collisions.