Do you know what type of crash causes the most motorcyclist fatalities in the U.S.? Here’s a hint, it usually happens at intersections, and it involves other vehicles like cars and trucks. The answer is left hand turn collisions, and right now, they seem to be plaguing Colorado motorcyclists.
Why Are Left Hand Turn Collisions a Problem for Colorado Motorcyclists?
When a vehicle like a car takes a left-hand turn without noticing a motorcyclist in an oncoming or adjacent lane, the results are often deadly. In recent weeks, this type of collision has put two Colorado motorcyclists in the hospital and sent four other riders to the morgue.
In Silt, a 22-year-old and a 21-year-old lost their lives when an SUV took a turn in front of them. They were both riding separate bikes. In LaSalle, a Roosevelt High School student from Johnstown lost his life after a Hyundai Sonata took a left in front of his Yamaha. The Evans woman who was riding with the high schooler is recovering from serious injuries at the North Colorado Medical Center.
Closer to home, a member of our Fort Collins riding community lost his life when a Chevy Tahoe turned in front of him as he travelled along South College Avenue. A friend who was following on a separate motorcycle was able to avoid the Tahoe, but he was still injured when he laid the motorcycle down while performing evasive maneuvers.
The year 2016 was a harsh year for Colorado motorcyclists. More riders perished last year than had ever been recorded before, and 2017 isn’t shaping up to be better. Weld county and several other districts are already reporting that motorcyclist fatalities are outpacing last year’s numbers.
The attorney who ride at the Metier Law Firm want to see every motorcyclist safe while enjoying the freedom of the open road—so please do everything you can to make the road safer for motorcyclists!