On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
A recent early morning accident on Interstate 25 sent a Colorado Springs man to the hospital. State troopers reported the motorcycle accident was originally a single-vehicle crash in which a 52-year-old helmeted rider was seriously injured.
Another vehicle apparently became involved, possibly without the driver realizing it. The accident victim was thrown from the bike as it flipped over along the highway. The prostrate motorcyclist’s legs were struck by a second unidentified vehicle. Troopers said the unknown driver might have assumed the vehicle hit debris.
Colorado State Patrol said the predawn crash occurred just after 4:30 a.m. near North Academy. Officials did not report whether driver fatigue or some other factor caused the motorcycle to veer off the interstate.
Troopers are anxious to re-interview one of the drivers who stopped following the accident. Officials are searching for and may be hard pressed to find additional witnesses with accurate descriptions of the predawn crash.
Authorities appeared to assume that the driver who struck the downed motorcyclist was ignorant of his or her actions. A full investigation may discover that the unidentified driver was fully conscious of the behavior but left the accident scene for some other reason.
Law enforcers may not locate the second person involved. State police cannot charge a driver for leaving the scene of a crash unless the vehicle operator’s identity is known.
The driver who hit the motorcyclist may not feel responsible. A jury in a personal injury case may agree that the initial accident was not the second driver’s fault. At the same time, the victim’s injuries from being struck by a vehicle could be traced to negligence.
Inattentiveness, impairment, tailgating or speeding might have prevented the driver from responding properly before striking the motorcyclist on the roadway. Defendants in personal injury lawsuits are accountable for careless behaviors that cause injuries, whether or not the intention to harm was ever present.
Source: kktv.com, “Police Urge Witness to Motorcycle Crash to Come Forward,” March 12, 2013