One of a motorist’s principal duties is to keep track of other vehicles on the road. This duty is especially important when it comes to motorcycles. Motorcycles are small, and they have a narrow profile compared to automobiles and trucks. They can be difficult to spot in a rearview mirror. Conversely, a motorcycle operator must take special care to avoid traveling in the blind spot for cars and trucks. A recent collision in Billings demonstrates both sides of the duty to be aware of other vehicles.
According to Billings police, they received notice of a collision between a motorcycle and a Chevrolet sedan at 8th Street West and Broadwater Avenue at about 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14. The police released a tweet in which they said that the motorcycle was traveling west on Broadwater at high speed. At the same time, a Chevrolet Malibu was waiting to turn north from Broadwater onto 8th Street West.
The driver of the Chevrolet apparently did not see the approaching motorcycle and did not wait for it to pass. The driver of the motorcycle also failed to see the sedan and crashed into it just as it was turning into 8th Street. The driver of the sedan was not injured, but the driver of the motorcycle suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The intersection was closed for several hours while police investigators gathered evidence.
Assessing fault in an accident like this can be difficult. Was the motorcycle traveling too fast? Was the driver of the Chevrolet negligent in not seeing the motorcycle? Did driver of the Chevrolet signal the turn? Did the motorcyclist make an attempt to stop?
Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a similar accident may want to make a claim for damages. An experienced accident attorney can provide very useful information such as an evaluation of the evidence, retaining an accident investigator, and devising legal strategies to use at trial. A knowledgeable lawyer can also provide an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.