On Thursday, August 21, a 22-year-old man suffered fatal injuries after a SUV turned into the path of his motorcycle.
The young motorcyclist was riding a 1984 Honda Magna while traveling westbound on U.S. 24. As he crossed 31st Street, a 2009 Ford Escape turned in front of him. The two collided, throwing the rider off his bike. Police pronounced him dead at the scene.
The driver, a 47-year-old man from Manitou Springs, is not facing charges for the crash. Members of Colorado State Patrol are still investigating the accident, although they do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.
Motorcycles do not have the same safety features as cars, such as metal doors or airbags, so motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable on the road. Approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes end in injury or death.
Can I Sue a Distracted Driver?
The driver in this case had a duty to act responsibly towards everyone else on the road, including motorcyclists. His negligence killed someone, but he may never face any criminal charges.
A careless driver does not have to be convicted to be sued for personal injury. A civil lawsuit helps victims hold drivers accountable for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Metier Law Firm has been defending the rights of Colorado motorcyclists for more than 20 years. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, call us today. We want to hear your story.
[Did You Know: A driver failing to see a motorcyclist causes more serious injuries than any other factor.]
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