Daryl Wick, 32, of Montana suffered critical injuries in a motorcycle accident in Vancouver, Oregon, when his vehicle collided with a Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle, the Columbian reports . Wick suffered head and neck injuries while his passenger, 26-year-old Jennifer Kenworthy suffered pelvis and hip injuries.
Police say initial investigations reveal the driver of the Explorer, 52-year-old Linda Woodmark, pulled out of a driveway on the south side of Fourth Plain Road and was trying to merge into westbound traffic. The motorcycle was traveling in the eastbound lane when it collided with the Explorer. Both motorcycle riders were reportedly wearing helmets. Alcohol or drugs did not play a part in this accident, police said.
The investigation into this serious motorcycle accident is still at a preliminary stage. But based on initial reports, it appears that the driver of the Ford Explorer did not see the motorcycle as she attempted to merge. This is probably the most common kind of motorcycle accident – whether it’s on the freeway or a city street, drivers of other passenger vehicles often don’t realize that they are sharing a traffic lane with a motorcyclist.
The family of the injured victims should consider retaining the services of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and determine exactly what and who caused the motorcycle accident. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will also be able to determine whether other vehicles or a dangerous road condition played a part in the accident.
If the incident is determined to be Woodmark’s fault, she will be held responsible for the accident and the resulting injuries and damages. If Woodmark was on the job or running errands for someone, her employer or the person she was running errands for could also be held economically responsible for the riders’ injuries.
In these types of serious motorcycle accidents, I would also want my investigator to check out the physical layout of the driveway that the SUV was backing out of. There is the possibility of negligence on the part of the property owner for a dangerous roadway condition on the driveway, which made it difficult for the driver to see other vehicles. In this case, there could also be a dangerous condition on the street, which hampered Woodmark’s view of traffic.