One of the rules of safe driving in Kentucky is to look out for traffic before making a turn. When a careless driver turns onto a busy street without first making reasonably sure that it is safe to do so, he or she may cause a serious accident. If a motorcycle is involved, there is unfortunately a good chance the rider gets badly injured, possibly even killed.

In an example from another state, two people were hospitalized on May 4 after a car pulled in front of their motorcycle, triggering a crash. According to a police spokesman, the pair were riding past a gas station when a car pulling out of the station’s parking lot blocked their path.

The motorcycle driver, 19, was unable to avoid a collision. Both he and his passenger, an 18-year-old woman, were thrown from their bike. She suffered head injuries, which were described as more serious than the wounds sustained by the male victim. Both were taken to the hospital.

Based on preliminary evidence, police believe the car’s driver failed to yield, which could mean he or she is at fault for the motorcycle accident. If this is later established by further investigation, the driver could be financially liable for the victims’ injuries. Typical costs sustained in a serious crash include hospital bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Since motorcycles are smaller than cars and trucks, many drivers involved in motorcycle accidents say they “didn’t see it coming.” But motorists have a duty to watch out for all vehicles, including motorcycles.

Source: St. George News, “2 hospitalized after motorcycle, car collision,” Mori Kessler, May 5, 2014