In the early morning hours of April 16, 2015 in Apple Valley, a female motorcyclist was killed when a teenage driver of a Kia Optima made a left hand turn in front of the on coming motorcyclist. At the intersection of Waalew Road and Dale Evans Parkway, the young teenage driver apparently failed to see the motorcycle before making her lefthand turn. Unfortunately, car v. motorcycle intersection accidents are one of the most common types of accidents involving motorcycles, and unfortunately, they are some of the most deadly.
Motorcyclist are so vulnerable to the inattention of drivers making turns or changing lanes. Drivers are often looking solely for cars and trucks. Car and truck drivers, especially the inexperienced driver, miss the more difficult to see motorcyclists and bicyclists who tend to blend into the background. If you are a driver, pay particular attention to the possibility that a motorcyclist may occupy the road. Take a second look, or carefully scan the roadway to make sure there is no one on a motorcycle or bicycle. Remember, just because you don’t seem them before you make your turn or change lanes, doesn’t mean they are not there and that you are not at fault when you do cause injury or death.
For motorcyclists, never assume the other driver has seen you. Ride defensively. Be aware of your surroundings and the possible dangers posed by approaching drivers. Ride with your lights on and wear gear that will highlight your presence on the road.