Car Driver at Fault in Fatal Motorcycle Accident

August 29, 2018 Motorcycle Safety
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An Alabama man has been charged with manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and attempting to evade police after a recent motorcycle accident in Huntsville. A full story on the incident is available here.

The accused was driving away from police at the University of Alabama in Huntsville when his car hit the victim on his motorcycle while he was stopped at a traffic light. After hitting the victim, the man continued driving.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where, unfortunately, he later died from the injuries sustained from the crash.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family during this incredibly difficult and painful time.

High Risk of Injuries and Fatalities for Motorcyclists

Due to the design of motorcycles, there is less protection than enclosed passenger vehicles, which is why motorcycle riders typically face higher risks of injury and death. During 2015, for example, there were 29 times more fatalities on motorcycles than in cars.

While motorcyclists can follow safety tips, including wearing a helmet, avoiding distractions and keeping their bikes maintained, the fault for this tragic accident rests squarely on the other driver. Such aggressive actions as trying to evade police put all other drivers in danger.

Responsible Drivers Share Roads with Motorcyclists

This accident reminds us how automobile drivers must safely share the roads with motorcyclists. Below are a few helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Check mirrors and blind spots for motorcyclists—as they can be difficult to see.
  • Wait until motorcycles turn before proceeding—as their signals may not cancel.
  • Maintain a following distance of at least 3-4 seconds, especially in poor conditions.
  • Remember motorcycles have the same rights as other vehicles on the road.

Protect Your Rights

If you or a loved one are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, call the experienced Montgomery Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Floyd Hunter at 334-452-4000. When you call, you’ll receive a FREE case evaluation by an experienced Alabama motorcycle crash injury lawyer. There is never an attorney’s fee due upfront and we don’t get paid until you do. It’s that simple.

We will fight to protect your right to the fair insurance settlement that you deserve for your motorcycle accident claim. Call Floyd Hunter Injury Law for a Free Legal Consultation at 334-452-4000.

Call Floyd Hunter Injury Law, because the right lawyers make a real difference.