Motorcycle accidents with cars are often serious, if not fatal. In Old Town Victorville, in the early morning hours of May 8, 2012, a minivan driven by Chris Hunter apparently made a left turn in front of a motorcycle driven by 47 year old Michael Johnson from Apple Valley. Despite Mr. Johnson’s best efforts he was unable avoid the accident before he struck the side of the van and was thrown from the motorcycle. This momentary lapse of attention, resulted in Michael Johnson’s death. The Victorville Daily Press provides additional details.
Unfortunately, I have seen this same type of accident on several occasions. Two that immediately come to mind involve two dedicated fathers of young children. A client’s husband and father was traveling home from work in Riverside, California when an inattentive elderly man made a left turn in to a shopping center parking lot. The motorcyclist was killed instantly upon impact. In another instance, a single father of three young girls was on his way to work in Orange County, when a car attempted to pull out across traffic, but in doing so, failed to see the motorcycle rider coming towards her only a few feet way. He too lost his life in the accident.
No matter how safely a motorcyclist rides his or her motorcycle, there is no control over the inattentive motorist. Most motorist, whether they are driving a car, truck or van, aren’t carefully looking for a motorcycle on the road. The use of cell phones while driving has increased the risk of injury to motorcyclist even further because the driver has split attention to the phone and the roadway. Regarding accidents, many motorcyclists say, that it is not a matter of if they get in an accident, it is a matter of when. There is also a bumper sticker and campaign going around to make motorists aware of motorcyclists, it states: “Look Twice, Save a Life.”
If you or a loved one has been affected by an accident involving a motorcycle accident, you need to consult with an attorney to see if there is anything that can be done to help you pick up the financial pieces you have been left with from this type of collision. For those who have lost their lives or have been injured in motorcycle accidents, my heart goes out to you and your families. For the motorists on the road way, live by the motto: “LOOK TWICE, SAVE A LIFE.”
If you are involved in an accident, or witness an accident, help preserve the facts of the accident by using your smartphone. See this video on how to do that.