Motorcycle Fatalty in Colorado Springs This Week
A motorcyclist was killed after he was involved in a crash with a pick-up truck at the intersection of Dublin Boulevard and Tutt Boulevard in Colorado Springs during the morning commute on July 11, 2017. Colorado Springs now has 16 traffic fatalities recorded for the year, which is the same number of traffic fatalities in our city this time last year.
Colorado Springs Police investigated the scene of the crash and concluded that the motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Dublin when he struck a pick-up truck that was turning left onto Tutt from eastbound Dublin. This intersection is controlled by a traffic signal and assuming both drivers had a green light, the truck driver should have yielded to oncoming traffic, including the motorcyclist, before completing his left turn onto Tutt.
Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected as contributing factors to the crash and police did not release the identities of either driver or mention what, if any, citations were issued as a result.
Unfortunately, this motorcyclist perished despite wearing a helmet: this should not serve as an anecdote that helmets don’t save lives. We would like to remind our readers that, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), use of helmets by motorcyclists reduces the risk of crash death by 37% and reduces the risk of head injury by 69%.
For adults in Colorado, wearing a helmet while on a motorcycle is a personal choice and many riders value that autonomy. The failure to wear a helmet will not bar a rider or passenger injured from recovering in an injury claim, provided the injury was the result of another driver’s carelessness. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, whether as a driver or passenger, contact the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. by calling 719.634.0102 or by clicking on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.