A motorcycle accident claimed the life of an Oklahoma motorcyclist after his vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle. The wreck occurred while the 52-year-old motorcyclist was waiting in traffic to make a left turn. All of a sudden, a 68-year-old woman drove her car right into the back of the motorcycle. The 52-year-old was tossed from his vehicle and died. The motorcycle also had another rider on it, also aged 52, who was seriously injured in the crash.
This tragic motorcycle accident has a few important elements to it, and the first is the most obvious: what caused the 68-year-old woman to crash into the motorcycle? She was tested for alcohol, though the results are not known — but that’s just one possibility. Was she distracted by a mobile device? Was she changing the radio? Was she daydreaming or lost in thought? All of these scenarios could lead a driver to lose focus on the road and, thus, make them liable for any accident they cause.
That leads into the obvious discussion about older drivers in this country. As the population gets older and lives longer, there will be more and more drivers out there who are elderly. As we age, we will inherently lose some of our skills and become less responsive. It’s simply part of life. So, the question becomes what are lawmakers doing to protect other drivers on the road? Or is this an issue that doesn’t have a clear answer?
Last but not least, remember that motorcyclists are inherently more prone to injury out on the road. When they are involved in an accident, they are likely to suffer very serious injuries. So be careful around motorcycles and give them the road respect they deserve.