Two important rules of the road are obeying traffic signals and watching for motorcycles. Respecting these two rules makes the road safer for everyone. When either or both of these rules are violated, the chances go up that a crash with catastrophic injuries will happen. According to Pennsylvania State Police, an accident involving a traffic signal and a motorcyclist left one man dead on June 25 in Berks County.
Police said that at around 7:30 that morning, a pickup truck driver ran a red light and struck the back of a motorcycle driven by a 67-year-old man. The motorcycle was propelled into the back of a sedan. The motorcyclist was thrown many feet and was found unresponsive in the middle of the road. He was brought to Reading Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A news report of the accident was accompanied by a striking photograph demonstrating the sheer force of the accident. The motorcycle had smashed hard into the rear of the sedan, driven several feet into the car.
Although drivers may be tempted to violate traffic signals in the interest of saving time, this accident demonstrates why this is usually a very bad idea. In particular, motorcycles are not always easy to see, and a rushed motorist may decide to proceed on a red light without noticing a motorcycle entering the intersection or located just beyond the intersection on the other side of the light. When a negligent driver causes injury or death to another person, the negligent driver may have to pay compensation to the victim or the victim's family.