Phoenix Motorcycle Crash Leaves Rider Dead
The Husband and Wife Law Team were sorry to hear about a motorcyclist who was killed on the intersection of 64th Street and McDowell Road on February 22nd. The 26-year-old motorcyclist was traveling westbound when a car attempted a left turn in front of him. The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the car and the motorcyclist was thrown from his bike. He did not have a helmet on and was pronounced dead at the scene. We want to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.
Phoenix Motorcycle Crash Details
Motorcycles can be harder to spot than passenger cars because they are smaller. This means drivers must use extra caution before turning or passing, and make sure to look for smaller vehicles. Drivers should never drive distracted or attempt to cut in front of or follow too closely behind a motorcycle. The crash seemed to have occurred because the driver of the car attempted a left turn without yielding to the oncoming motorcycle, although we don’t yet have all the facts. The motorcyclist therefore didn’t have time to stop or swerve and crashed into the side of the car.
A T-bone collision like this often causes serious and even fatal injuries whether the victim was in a car or a motorcycle, because it causes the vehicle to stop suddenly and causes great impact. Motorcyclists are thrown from their bikes when they experience an impact like this. They can suffer head and neck injuries, back injuries, broken bones, road rash, and concussions. In serious crashes like this one, they can die.
What Drivers Need to Remember
It’s very important for drivers to educate themselves on how to share the road with motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Many people ride motorcycles for enjoyment and to save on gas money. They have a right to be on the road just like car drivers and we all must work together to make the road safer for all to use.
Drivers can decrease the chance of crashing into or sideswiping motorcycles by using extra caution. Glance at side and rear-view mirrors more than once to ensure no one is in your blind spot or passing you. Look closely at oncoming traffic before attempting a left turn and make sure you don’t see oncoming cars, motorcycles, bicycles, or pedestrians. Never try to speed through an intersection and make a turn without taking extra precautions.