A careless driver in Wyoming only received traffic citations after he lost control of his truck and slammed into a Loveland motorcyclist, killing the man.
The tragic accident happened around 11 a.m. on August 29, more than 40 miles northwest of Thermopolis, Wyoming.
According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the man was traveling southeast on WYO 120 when he tried to retrieve a water bottle he had dropped on the floor. In a moment of carelessness, he lost control of his truck and lurched into oncoming traffic.
A 41-year-old motorcyclist from Loveland, Colorado was traveling in the westbound lane and did not have time to avoid the crash. His Victory motorcycle slammed into the driver’s Toyota Tundra, throwing him onto the highway. The rider was not wearing a helmet.
Medics flew the injured motorcyclist to the Billings Clinic, but he died from the trauma. The 40-year-old driver was wearing a seatbelt and did not suffer any injuries.
Police officers cited the driver for failing to maintain a single lane of travel and careless driving. The department is currently investigating driver inattention as a contributing factor in the crash.
This driver’s negligence was more than a contributing factor. His momentary lapse in judgment caused him to leave his lane and drive into oncoming traffic, and someone died as a result.
Every driver has a responsibility to stay alert, and operate with consideration for fellow travelers. Most drivers fail to realize how dangerous distracted driving can be, but a few moments can change a life forever.
Is Distracted Driving Dangerous?
Motorcyclists are often killed or seriously injured in accidents, even minor ones, which is what makes driver inattention so dangerous. It may seem like a small mistake, but distracted driving still constitutes negligence, and drivers need to be held accountable.
Metier Law Firm has been protecting Colorado motorcyclists for more than 30 years, so we know the law. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, we want to hear your story. You can find us on Google Plus or Facebook, or you can contact our office directly for more information about your legal options.
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