September 12th, 2013|
The Birmingham Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Cory Watson Attorneys explain one of the most common causes of accidents between motorcycles and other vehicles is the failure to recognize or yield right-of-way to an oncoming bike. Such an accident was responsible for claiming the life of a 31-year-old man this past week.
According to The Ledger-Enquirer, the crash happened just after 10:15 a.m. on Friday, September 6, along Highway 165, near the town of Cottonwood, Alabama. Reports indicate the victim was leading a motorcycle safety mentor program ride with another participant southbound along the highway. When he attempted to turn right at the intersection with Mead Gate 5 though, the driver of a northbound tractor-trailer attempted to turn left at the intersection at the same time.
The motorcyclist laid his bike down on the asphalt in an attempt to evade a crash. However, the maneuver was unsuccessful and the rider became trapped beneath the big rig.
The driver of the truck told police he simply did not see the motorcycle in his path.
The incident leaves many riders wondering what they can do to be more visible to others on the road.
The law firm’s team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers suggests riders always utilize a headlight when riding. Motorcyclists should also consider wearing light-colored or reflective clothing when riding between dusk and dawn.