A police officer was killed at the intersection of Belleview Avenue and DeGaulle Streets in Aurora while riding his personal motorcycle. The Littleton Officer died in a traffic crash when the driver of a Toyota made a left turn and failed to yield to the motorcycle. The rider struck the passenger side of the vehicle and was killed at the scene of the motorcycle accident.
The 37-year-old driver of the Toyota was arrested the next day. He has been charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, careless driving and failure to yield. The driver of the car suffered no injuries in the crash. Police believe that he was not speeding but was under the influence of alcohol. Results of a blood alcohol test are pending.
Motorcycle accidents cause thousands of fatalities and injuries every year, and many of them are caused by passenger car drivers who fail to yield the right of way to motorcycle riders. Motorcyclists are at much greater risk of death or serious physical injury than passenger vehicle occupants due to the exposed nature of a motorcycle. Motorcycle riders do not have the protection of seat belts or air bags as passenger vehicle occupants do and are often ejected in crashes with cars.
The victim of a motorcycle accident may be entitled to collect damages from the negligent driver who causes an accident. A personal injury attorney may be able to help a motorcycle accident victim collect monetary compensation for injuries caused in a crash, including payment of medical bills and other costs. The family of a victim killed in a motorcycle crash may also be entitled to compensation for their loss and for funeral expenses.
Source: Our Colorado News, “Littleton officer dies in accident,” May 7, 2013