Motorcycle riders in Baker City and the rest of Oregon enjoy the freedom and high gas mileage that their bikes give them. But riding can also be dangerous, often because of things outside the rider’s control — like negligent car and truck drivers.
Bad drivers endanger riders and cause serious motorcycle accidents in several ways. Two wrecks that took place in Baker City on the same day earlier this year provide sad, all too common, examples.
Two motorcycle accidents on the same day
First, a 60-year-old man was riding a couple of miles north of town. He was behind a pickup truck that was hauling an irrigation wheel line on a dolly. The line fell off the dolly and into the rider’s path. The man crashed into the line and was severely injured. An emergency helicopter took him to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
About an hour later, there was another crash involving a pickup and motorcycle. This time, the truck driver was trying to turn left into a parking lot. Meanwhile, a motorcycle rider was approaching from the other direction. Somehow, the truck crashed into the bike. Like the man in the first crash, the second rider suffered critical injuries.
We don’t know for sure, but it is common for left-turning motorists to fail to yield to an oncoming motorcycle. They often misjudge how close the rider is or else try to “beat” the bike to the intersection. The results can be disastrous.
Every time a rider hits the road, they are potentially in danger from dangerous motorists. Drivers who do not secure their load properly or fail to yield on a left turn should be the burden of their victims’ medical bills and other damages, not the victims themselves.