Failing to Watch for Motorcycles is a Fatal Mistake

- Charles Argento

Houston police are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred at 6500 Martin Luther King Boulevard earlier this month. Two people, a man and woman, were traveling north on the motorcycle when the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck failed to yield the right of way when leaving a stop sign. The motorcyclist crashed into the truck, causing both riders to be thrown from the motorcycle. After being transported to Houston area hospitals, the man was pronounced dead, and the female’s condition is in unknown. The pickup truck driver, who failed to yield the right of way, was not seriously injured.

Failure-to-Yield Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists must follow the same rules of the road as drivers of cars and trucks, but often it’s other motorists who do not understand or heed these rules, particularly involving right of way. In many cases, drivers cause accidents by simply failing or forgetting to yield the right of way to motorcyclists; motorists are also more likely to pull out in front of a motorcycle than another car or truck. Motorcycle accidents involving a failure to yield the right of way frequently occur when:

  • The car driver fails to look out for motorcycles while making a turn onto another street or at an intersection
  • The car driver turns in front of a motorcyclist without using turn signals
  • The car driver doesn’t check his or her blind spot and sideswipes the motorcycle.
  • The car driver crowds the motorcyclist, causing him or her to run off the road or into oncoming traffic.

In failure-to-yield motorcycle accidents, the at-fault driver is usually the car or truck driver who violated the motorcyclist’s right of way, but it’s generally the motorcyclist who pays the price—often with his or her life, as in the accident described above. Another tough pill to swallow… Because car and truck drivers are less likely to be injured in an accident with a motorcycle, they may be more likely to flee the scene. In a Houston motorcycle accident that occurred on the southbound 610 Loop in July, the driver of a BMW fled after crashing into three motorcyclists as they exited the freeway. One motorcyclist was killed and the other two were injured, requiring emergency treatment.

Call an Experienced Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, please contact Charles J. Argento, Accident & Injury Attorney in Houston. You need someone on your side, making your case for fair compensation. Fail to do so, and you won’t yield the recovery you should.