Just after five o'clock last evening an 18-year-old California man was injured in amotor vehicle accident on State Route Three. There is no indication that either driver was impaired at the time of the crash. Rather it seems likely that one driver simply failed to notice an oncoming motorcycle before making a turn.
According ot the California Highway Patrol, a 30-year-old woman was driving westbound on the highway in a Jeep Cherokee. At the same time the 18-year-old man was approaching on a Kawasaki motorcycle. The Jeep driver slowed down and began to make a left turn into a driveway, crossing into the lane of the oncoming motorcycle.
The motorcycle rider reportedly tried to slow down and avoid the accident, but was not able to stop in time and collided with the jeep. The Highway Patrol said that the motorcycle rider was so close when the jeep tried to turn that that he could not have avoided the collision.
THE 18-year-old motorcycle rider was initially taken by ambulance to Fairchild Medical Center, but was then transferred to Rogue Valley Medical Center. His injuries were described as moderate and do not appear to be life-threatening.
Too often, other drivers simply fail to notice motorcycles. While motorcycle riders in California have the same responsibility to follow the rules of the road sometimes other drivers do not give them the same respect and courtesy they would extend to a driver of a four wheeled vehicle.
Unfortunately because motorcycles do not offer the same type of protection as other vehicles, motorcycle riders are often at a higher risk of serious injuries than the other driver in the crash.
SOURCE: Siskiyou Daily "Montague man injured in motorcycle wreck Tuesday evening" Aug. 3, 2011