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Car strikes scooter, killing rider in Arizona crash

Motorcycles and motorbikes are often enjoyed and used for transportation on roadways across the state. Although riders use safety equipment such as a helmet and protective clothing, if a motorcycle accident occurs those traveling on the motorcycle are often seriously injured or even killed.

Authorities in Paradise Valley were recently dispatched to an early morning fatal accident. According to preliminary reports, the crash involved a scooter and an automobile at the intersection of Tatum Boulevard and Lincoln Drive, and it occurred around 7:30 a.m.

The collision occurred when the vehicle that was traveling southbound on Tatum Boulevard was attempting to make a left turn onto Lincoln Drive. It was presumed that the driver waited for several vehicles to pass before attempting to make the turn. When the driver began making the maneuver, it appears that the driver assumed that it was clear, but the car struck a scooter traveling northbound on Tatum.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene of the crash and assessed those involved. The rider on the scooter was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car had no reported injuries. The intersection was closed temporarily while the investigation was conducted. Following the investigation, authorities should be able to determine cause and could assign liability.

When a driver is negligent and fails to yield to oncoming traffic they could be liable if an accident results. In this case, the loved ones of the deceased might have a cause of action. A wrongful death lawsuit could be filed in order to recover compensation. The monetary award could be used to cover expenses and damages associated with the accident.

A motorcycle or motorbike crash can be very serious. These are small vehicles that offer minimal protection or safety features. When they are involved in a crash, the riders could be seriously injured or killed. This is why it is especially important for other drivers to be aware of these smaller vehicles traveling on the roadways.

Source: azfamily.com, "Scooter rider dies after collision at Paradise Valley intersection," Jennifer Thomas, Jan. 13, 2014

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