On June 13, 2011 a motorcycle rider was killed in a head-on collision in West Point Utah when a Ford F-350 made a left turn directly in front of the motorcycle. The crash occurred at 2000 West and 1300 North in West Point.
One of the most common crashes resulting in severe injury and death to motorcycle riders is when vehicles turn left directly into the motorcycle's path. I believe it is an attenuation or attention problem on the part of the vehicle driver. Humans have a tendency to see what we are looking for. In other words if we are looking for other cars and trucks before we execute a turn we will see a car or a truck if they are there to be seen. If we are not looking for motorcycles, even though they are right there in -plain sight, we have a tendency not to see them.
Of course this tendency to not see the motorcycle does not absolve the driver of the vehicle from responsibility for the crash. All people who drive on the roads, be it a car, truck or motorcycle, enter into a contract with all other drivers on the road. We simply need to be mindful and careful in looking and seeing what is there to be seen.
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