Serious Motorcycle Crash Early Sunday Morning
Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Colorado Springs Police responded to the scene of a crash between a sedan and a motorcycle. Upon their arrival, officers discovered that the motorcyclist had collided with a sedan and was critically injured. First responders transported the motorcyclist to a local hospital.
Colorado Springs Police identified speed and alcohol as likely factors in this crash, where the motorcycle was northbound on Tutt Boulevard and ran a red light at Stetson Hills Boulevard, striking the sedan, which was traveling eastbound on Stetson Hills Boulevard.
Traffic at this intersection is controlled by traffic lights for all directions of travel. Tutt is two lanes each way with dedicated turn lanes and Stetson Hills Boulevard is three lanes with each way, also with dedicated turn lanes. The posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour for traffic on Stetson Hills and 35 miles per hour for traffic on Tutt.
The initial report of this crash by CSPD did not reveal whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet when the wreck happened, but according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and reduce the risk of head injury by 69%. In citing these statistics, the CDC endorses a universal helmet law across all states (and Colorado presently does not mandate helmet use by adult motorcyclists).
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 and not the fault of the motorcyclist. 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 or texting us at 719.634.0102 or by clicking on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.