AURORA, IL- Patch.com writes that a motorcyclist sustained injuries in a collision with a vehicle in Aurora on Sunday, September 16, 2018. The victim was identified as Mathew Thomson, who is from Naperville. The crash took place on W. Indian Trail at about 6 p.m.
A woman from Warrenville, Hollie Williamson, was in the other vehicle and apparently made a left turn in front of the motorcycle. Williamson is facing charges for “failure to yield, driving without insurance, and driving on a suspended license.” Williamson claimed to have looked for traffic before turning and said that she thought that the road was clear.
Thomson’s condition is unknown at this time.
The risks faced by motorcyclists is greater compared to the risks faced by occupants of other vehicles. A big part of the danger of motorcycles is a lack of a protective outer metal shell. However, another major danger to motorcyclists is the chance of not being seen by a driver. Drivers often look out for cars but do not keep their eyes peeled for smaller vehicles. As a result, a motorcyclist can go unnoticed by drivers who then cut the motorcyclist off or make turns in frontof the motorcycle. When a motorcyclist is cut off by a larger vehicle, the motorcyclist is the one who will most likely suffer injuries or worse as a result.
One of the most dangerous common maneuvers drivers make is a left turn. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), more than one-fifth of all vehicle collisions occur when one of the involved vehicles is attempting to make a left turn.
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