Fatal Twin Cities Motorcycle Accident Serves As Powerful Safety Reminder

As the busy Minnesota motorcycle season came to a start, tragedy struck near Lake Calhoun. The accident happened at Excelsior and West 32nd Street; Excelsior was closed from France Avenue to Market Place for hours while the authorities conducted an investigation.

According to police, an SUV pulled out in front of a motorcyclist while the biker was trying to make a left turn. Unfortunately, the rider was not wearing a helmet, and he suffered fatal injuries.

This type of accident scenario, in which a driver pulls in front of a motorcyclist making a left turn, is one of the most common threats faced by riders. For anyone on the road this summer, it highlights the real dangers of motorcycle and car crashes.

Other Drivers Often At Fault for Failing to Notice Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists should always observe safety precautions, like wearing a helmet, obeying all traffic laws and being attentive to the flow of traffic. Yet, even the most well-prepared motorcyclist cannot always avoid an accident at the hands of a careless driver.

"Motorcycles have a much smaller profile - both from the front and the side, so people don't have that locked in as a visual recognition in most cases," Eric Larson, a motorcycle safety instructor for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety told KMSP news in the wake of the recent accident. "They are used to seeing the profile of a car, the double head lights," added Larson.

When a driver does fail to observe a motorcyclist and a crash results, one of the most important things victims can do is get in touch with a motorcycle accident attorney. Of course, immediate medical needs should be the first thing attended to in the wake of an accident. By waiting too long to contact an attorney, an injured rider could be forfeiting compensation from the at-fault driver or his or her insurer - compensation for things like medical bills, wages lost while in recovery and pain and suffering.

In fatal accidents like the one on Excelsior Boulevard, an attorney is no less important than when someone is merely injured. A wrongful death action can secure compensation for the family members who have lost a loved one - a small comfort, to be sure, but one that can help see them through a time of grief.

Have You or A Loved One Been In A Motorcycle Accident? Call a Lawyer Today

If a motorcycle and car crash has affected your life, hold irresponsible drivers accountable and get the compensation you deserve. Contact a Twin Cities motorcycle accident attorney today.