A motorcycle accident in Connecticut left the motorcyclist involved dead. The man was from Hartford.
Authorities said that the accident took place in the later afternoon hours at an intersection. Police say that the motorcyclist collided with a private passenger vehicle. The force of the collision flung the man off of his motorcycle and into the street.
While rescuers took the man to a nearby hospital, he succumbed to his injuries shortly afterward. The driver of the other vehicle was not physically injured in the accident.
Deadly motorcycle accidents at intersections are too common
This particular accident remains under investigation, and the police have asked for those with information about the crash to come forward.
However, this case is another sad reminder that motorcycle accidents at intersections are way too common. Furthermore, the are usually preventable.
Over 4 out of 10 of all deadly motorcycle crashes happen at intersections.
Too often, drivers of full-sized vehicles are just not paying enough attention to notice a motorcycle approaching the intersection or approaching while the driver of the vehicle is attempting a left turn.
In some cases, drivers are not aware of an obstruction or a blind spot at an intersection which could more easily hide a motorcyclist.
Finally, sometimes drivers may see a motorcyclist approaching but not correctly gauge how fast the bike is traveling since it is so small. As a result, the driver may cut off the motorcyclist with an ill-advised left turn.
Drivers of cars can prevent these types of accidents by paying careful attention at intersections and double checking for the presence of motorcycles. They should also avoid distractions like texting and driving.
If they fail to do so, victims and their families may be able to hold these drivers accountable for their negligence.