When it comes to motorcycle accidents, one of the most common reasons that they occur is because drivers in larger vehicles, such as passenger vehicles, fail to yield to the smaller vehicle. This may have been the scenario in a recent motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, which occurred on July 21 in Ozaukee County.
According to the reports, the collision between a motorcycle and Ford Fusion occurred around 5:30pm on that date. It appears that the motorcycle, which had a rider and a passenger, was traveling east on a state highway when it collided with the Ford Fusion, which was being driven in a southbound direction on an intersecting state highway. As many collisions happen, the two vehicles collided at the intersection.
There were no details in the initial report about which party had the right of way at the intersection, but when the intersection is viewed on Google Maps it is clear that the traffic on the highway that the motorcycle was reportedly on, Highway 33, has the right of way. In fact, there is a sign underneath the stop sign at the intersection on the highway that the Ford Fusion was on, Highway 1, which specifically states: “Traffic on 33 Does Not Stop.”
The collision proved to be fatal. The passenger on the motorcycle died in the collision, while the rider reportedly suffered serious injuries. The driver of the Ford Fusion suffered injuries in the collision as well. The investigation into this deadly accident may likely reveal that the 72-year-old driver of the Ford Fusion was at fault for failure to yield.
When a motorcyclist is injured in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, the injured may recover compensation for their damages through a personal injury lawsuit. After a fatal accident, the victim’s family may pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim. An experienced personal injury attorney can advise the injured and their families about their legal options.