Failure To Yield Allegedly Caused Oklahoma Motorcycle Collision
When the driver of a car or truck is at an intersection waiting for oncoming traffic to pass before making a turn, it is imperative for the driver to be sure that they have a clear view of all traffic that is approaching. This means not only watching for other automobiles, but also for any motorcyclists that could be passing through the intersection.
A recent motorcycle collision near Tulsa involved a pickup truck driver who allegedly turned onto a highway without yielding to the motorcyclist. According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the pickup truck's driver failed to stop and wait for the oncoming motorcycle to pass before he turned.
The accident occurred at about 7:40 p.m., and a news report stated that emergency responders took the motorcyclist, who is an officer with the Tulsa Police Department, to a hospital where he was in critical condition. The driver of the pickup refused medical treatment, and his 20-year-old passenger was uninjured.
Like this case, a driver's failure to yield is a common cause of motorcycle accidents. In some situations, the driver may not see the motorcycle coming because they are looking for larger vehicles, like cars and SUVs, and simply don't notice the motorcycle. However, that does not mean that the driver has no legal liability for the damages resulting from this type of accident.
Motorcyclists have little protection against accidents like this, and can suffer severe injuries or even death when a larger vehicle collides with them. Accordingly, drivers should always watch out for motorcycles nearby. This is especially important when the driver is trying to turn at an intersection.
Source: Tulsa World, "Tulsa police officer 'gravely' injured in Rogers County motorcycle crash," Kyle Hinchey, Aug. 5, 2016