Some people may not think about motorcyclists being on the roads during winter. However, many bikers brave all types of weather conditions because they enjoy riding their motorcycles. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents may be more likely to occur because drivers of larger vehicles are not watching out for motorcycles.
It was recently reported that a crash in Missouri involved a car and a motorcycle. Details indicated that the motorcyclist was traveling north when a vehicle traveling south attempted to make a left turn. The driver of the car turned in front of the motorcycle, which collided with the other vehicle. The incident resulted in the 34-year-old motorcyclist suffering fatal injuries. It was not mentioned whether the driver of the other car suffered any injuries.
Unfortunately, this type of incident is not uncommon, and more than half of fatal motorcycle accidents involve at least one other vehicle. Drivers of larger vehicles may overlook motorcyclists, and in some cases, motorcycles may look farther away than they actually are simply because of their smaller size. As a result, many crashes are caused by drivers of larger vehicles.
The family of the motorcyclist killed in this Missouri accident may face a number of hardships stemming from the incident. Emotional trauma, financial setbacks and other issues could easily affect their lives. Like with other fatal motor vehicle accidents, this family may have reason to file a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault in order to seek compensation for damages allowable under state law.