Every day people share the roadways. From motorcycles to pedestrians, we all play a part in keeping the roadways safe. Driving is a privilege and not a right. People have to work hard to get their driver’s license, but most seem to forget this honor. Driving is becoming more of a hazard and risk than a convenience. Between dealing with drivers with road rage or impairment, getting on the road isn’t as stress-free as it used to be. If you choose to ride a motorcycle then you know more than anyone how wild the roadway can get. Our Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Lorona Mead have a deep respect for motorcyclists. We understand the unique challenges motorcyclists face while on the road. Unfortunately, not all mistakes can be fixed and lives are tragically lost.
Making A Left Turn
One of the most common motorcycle accidents is when cars are making a left turn. For some reason, when cars make a left turn they fail to see motorcyclists. Left turns are even more challenging when drivers are impaired. In this tragic tale, the impaired drive made a left turn at a green light. However, the left turn was made in front of a motorcycle carrying an operator and a passenger. The collision between the vehicle and the motorcycle ejected both operator and passenger. The ejection was so severe that the operator died due to head trauma. The passenger is in critical condition, but still alive.
The 28-year old car driver was arrested on scene. Investigators found several open beer containers and bottles of Fireball whiskey. His blood alcohol level was over the limit and there were traces of cocaine in his bloodstream. They also discovered that he was driving with a suspended license from a previous DUI conviction. The driver had several prior reckless driving convictions including a hit and run charge in 2014. He is currently charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault.
The motorcycle operator was a loyal employee of Phoenix local channel Fox 10 for over a decade. The 56- year old Vice President Director of Sales was a husband, father, and grandfather. His death could have been easily avoided had the driver been sober, alert, and mindful of other drivers on the road. Motorcyclists are more prone to death in accidents because of the nature of the vehicle. There is nothing between the body and the ground. However, that does not mean that motorcyclists are any more responsible for injuries when they get hit by cars or trucks.
What To Do
Our Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Attorneys have seen it all before. The story of a motorcyclist trying to enjoy their ride before colliding with a vehicle who didn’t see him or her riding. A simple mistake as making a left turn can be fatal for a motorcyclist. If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury in a motorcycle accident, call 602-554-0006 or click here to start your journey to success with our professional attorneys at Lorona Mead in Phoenix today.