The Colorado Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed a 57-year-old motorcyclist from Nebraska.
On the afternoon of August 15, a 25-year-old man driving a Ford Explorer lost control of his vehicle on Highway 62 near Ridgeway. According to reports, the driver veered off the road and overcorrected, causing his SUV to roll over and slide into oncoming traffic.
A Lincoln native on a Harley-Davidson was riding in the opposite direction, and he collided with the car. The visiting motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, and police pronounced him dead at the scene.
Police are still investigating what caused the 25-year-old driver to lose control, but they do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities increased by 7 percent between 2011 and 2012, and injuries increased more than 14 percent. Distracted drivers also made a big impact that year, causing more than 3,300 fatal car accidents.
Motorcycles are more open to the road by design, but riders are extremely vulnerable without the protections of seatbelts or airbags. Studies show that motorcyclists are some of the safest travelers on the road, but riders can sustain serious and life threatening injuries in a crash even when they are not at fault.
Every day, motorcyclists pay the price for reckless or distracted drivers. Without drug or alcohol involvement, drivers may not even face charges for a fatal accident.
Can I Sue a Distracted Driver?
Drivers do not have to be charged with a crime to be held accountable for their actions. In civil law, proof of negligence is enough to find a reckless driver at fault and get compensation for the victim.
[Did You Know: Distracted drivers killed more than 4,700 motorcyclists in 2012.]
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