Sharing the road is the basic obligation of all drivers. Whether a vehicle is as large and heavy as a truck or as small and lightweight as a motorcycle, sharing the road safely with others is the best way to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to meet this obligation, compromising the safety of other motorists. Typically, motorcycle riders are the ones who pay the price because their vehicles provide little protection in an accident.
This was evident in a recent motorcycle accident that happened where two county roads intersect in Mayes County, some 135 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the accident at County Roads 435 and 450 occurred around 3 p.m. when a 19-year-old man driving a jeep failed to yield right of way to a motorcycle. As a result, the motorcycle struck the passenger side of the Jeep, injuring the 51-year-old male rider. He was flown by Medevac to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. His passenger, a 44-year-old woman, was treated for minor injuries and later released.
Besides not yielding to another vehicle, speeding and running red lights are common practices that often result in motorcycle accidents. Ever present, too, is the danger of a drunken or distracted driver. No matter what the offense, such practices are generally classified as negligence, and a driver can be held criminally liable, especially when accidents result in injuries.
Motorcycle accident victims can file personal injury lawsuits to hold negligent drivers legally accountable. Motorcycle injuries are usually serious, so victims generally seek monetary compensation to cover the costs of medical treatment and accident-related damage, which can include lost income from time off work.
Source: News on 6, "Motorcycle Driver Flown To Hospital After Jeep Fails To Yield, OHP Says," June 8, 2014