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Alleged distracted driver injures motorcyclist on U.S. 169


Unlike people in most motor vehicles, motorcyclists are highly vulnerable in accidents because their vehicles lack real protection. The risk of serious injury or death is high in any accident involving another vehicle, whether in Oklahoma or in Washington state. For this reason, drivers need to be cautious and careful whenever they are sharing the road with motorcyclists.

Unfortunately, not every car and truck driver has gotten the message. A recent collision between a car and motorcycle on the Broken Arrow Expressway, for example, left a 27-year-old man seriously injured because a pickup truck driver was allegedly checking his cell phone to see if it rang.

According to the Tulsa Police Department, the motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 169 occurred in slow-moving traffic around a highway construction site. The motorcyclist was stopped in traffic when he was rear-ended by a white Chevrolet Silverado. He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in serious condition. His condition was later upgraded to stable. The 42-year-old pickup driver was not injured.

One Tulsa officer indicated that the pickup driver reported being distracted just before the accident. Phone distraction was identified in the traffic accident report as a contributing factor to the crash.

The accident backed up traffic for about an hour so officers could investigate the scene. During that time, a second vehicle accident was reported in the same construction area.

Drivers must concentrate whenever they are behind the wheel. Concentration is important in preventing any accident, motorcycle or otherwise, because it allows a motorist to recognize dangerous situations and dangerous drivers and yield and respond defensively to any dangers that arise. Distracted driving frequently results in injuries, fatalities and legal problems for negligent drivers. In such cases, the physical and emotional damages of motorcycle accident victims could be the distracted driver's responsibility.

Source: Tulsa World "Police say cellphone distraction to blame for Wednesday afternoon crash on U.S. 169," Samantha Vicent, May 7, 2014

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