Motorcyclists are some of the most at-risk people on the roads. They're driving without the protection of a vehicle's frame. They're driving with only two wheels for balance instead of four or more. These factors, combined with others, make it dangerous for motorcyclists.
Take, for example, this case involving an 18-year-old rider. A motorcyclist who was traveling on Bridge Street and 50th Avenue passed away following a serious crash with a pickup. According to the March 13 article, the motorcyclist had been making a left turn at the intersection when he was struck by a truck.
The crash, which happened at 11:50 a.m., resulted in the teen being rushed to the hospital for treatment. He passed away later that day. The news did not release information on the cause of the crash or if the other driver was injured in the collision.
In situations like this one, it's easy to question if the person making a left turn made an error and was hit. It's hard to tell without a full investigation. If a left-turn arrow was lit, any driver headed straight through the intersection could have made an error. If the driver came from the left or right of someone turning left, he or she may have failed to stop at a red light. In any case, lights that are not timed well could cause drivers to collide if the timing isn't corrected.
Whatever the case is, if you're hurt or have a loved one killed in a crash, know your legal rights. You can look into filing a claim for compensation.
Source: The Denver Post, "Motorcyclist, 18, dies in crash with pickup truck in Brighton," Kieran Nicholson, March 13, 2018