Tuesday night, around 8:30 p.m., a motorcyclist was killed after being struck by a car as reported by The Deseret News. The motorcyclist was passing through an intersection near Commerce Drive and Crossroads Boulevard. According to Saratoga Springs Police Cpl. Andres Gianfelice, the woman in the car, failed to yield.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said in a statement that the woman driver who hit the motorcyclist did not appear to be impaired at the time of the crash. The motorcyclist was in his 30s, and as of the time of writing this article, the man had not yet been identified because police were still informing the victim’s family. Our hearts go out to the family of the victim of the motorcycle crash.
Motorcycle accidents are some of the most devastating cases our firm handles. They are typically more dangerous than more traditional car accidents simply because motorcycle riders do not have the protections that cars do. For example, motorcycles do not include airbags, seat belts, and doors between them and the other vehicle. Motorcycles accidents frequently happen because a motorcycle is usually more challenging to see. The drivers are smaller and, thus, easier to slip into driver’s blind spots. Drivers of cars are more conditioned to see another car coming, but they sometimes might not take the extra caution to see a motorcycle.
Although we do not have all of the specific details of the accident mentioned above, generally speaking, failure to yield is one of the most common forms of motorcycle accidents simply for the reasons cited above. However, not seeing a person on a motorcycle is not acceptable when it comes to a motorcycle accident. According to Nolo.com, cars making a left-hand turn accounts for roughly 42 percent of all crashes involving motorcycles and cars.
A failure to yield occurs when a motorist does not give the right-of-way to a driver. This action can result in an accident. For example, if a light turns yellow, a car that is waiting to turn left has to yield to oncoming traffic and wait for the intersection to be clear before they turn. A driver that fails to yield in these circumstances is typically at-fault. Thus, being sure you give appropriate care to yield at an intersection is crucial.
Determining who is at-fault in these types of accidents can be challenging. If a car fails to yield to another car that is traversing an intersection, the car is almost always at fault. However, when it comes to a motorcycle accident, if the motorcycle was speeding or in the wrong lane, it can be more difficult to determine fault. Now, we are not sure if that is what happened in this accident.
Here at The Advocates Law Firm, we take motorcycle accidents very seriously. We have represented hundreds of motorcycle accident cases. If you or someone you love has been affected by a motorcycle accident, consider contacting The Advocates Law Firm.