The Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutor’s
office are investigating an accident that left a motorcycle rider in critical
condition after a crash with a sedan. The driver of the passenger car
was not injured. Police accident reports say the mid-afternoon accident
happened at the intersection of Bluffton and Winchester roads between
a silver Pontiac Grand Am and the motorcycle traveling northbound on Bluffton
Road. Witnesses report seeing the driver of the passenger car attempting
to make a left-hand turn onto Winchester Road from southbound Bluffton
Road and then approached the path of the motorcycle, which then broadsided the car.
After a two-year drop in motorcycle crash fatalities, a recent report by
the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute has emerged that shows a rise in
motorcyclist deaths after the state’s year-over-year percentage
increase ranked highest in the nation.
Although they should be, drivers aren’t always on the lookout for
motorcycles and with a heightened risk of more drivers who are operating
while distracted on their phones, or are just being inattentive, collisions
between motorists and cyclists could grow. The most common motorcycle
accident occurs when a vehicle positioned in front of the bike is turning
left and basically cuts the cyclist off, without warning. The car or truck
driver typically fails to see a motorcycle operator or is unsure of their
speed and attempts a move to turn left too quickly. The end result is
nearly always serious.
Law enforcement officials expect non-motorcyclist drivers to play a role
in traffic safety and to:
Motorcyclist drivers can also help prevent a crash by always trying to
position their bike where it will most likely to be seen while maintaining
a fair amount of distance from other motorists. Driving alert and proceeding
with caution through intersections with these tips can help reduce being
hit while another driver is making a risky left-hand turn in front of them.
Safe motorcycling takes training, practice, balance, coordination, good
judgment and experience. Keeping the regular maintenance of a motorcycle
is also necessary to avoid being in an accident. Most important though
is for a driver to know their bike, abilities, and always wear the right
gear. That gear includes a motorcycle helmet. It’s the best protection
against a traumatic brain injury if a crash were to occur.
Wagner Reese has a team of experienced
Indiana motorcycle accident injury attorneys here for you. We are the best choice to represent you in your claim for
damages to your bike or yourself. We are in the business of bringing justice
to those injured on Indiana roadways, and want to assist you on your road
to recovery by lightening the load of medical bills and other expenses
incurred by this accident.
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