Motorcycle Accidents When Vehicles Make Left-Hand Turns In Front Of Motorcycles

One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is when a car fails to see a motorcyclist and makes a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle, thereby causing a collision.  These types of accidents have been seen in many Chicago-area motorcycle accidents, and many have been featured on this blog.

Two recent motorcycle accidents in states other than Illinois serve as additional unfortunate reminders of these types of accidents.

The first accident was in in New Jersey, on Route 94.  This accident happened on Saturday at approximately 3:35 p.m.  Motorcyclist Steven G. Ruzicka, 63, was killed when a car driving southbound failed to see Ruzicka riding northbound, and the motorist made a left-hand turn in front of Ruzicka, thereby colliding with Ruzicka’s motorcycle.  Ruzicka was ejected from the motorcycle, and shortly thereafter was declared dead at the scene.

The second accident occurred in Modesto, California on Thursday night.  Aaron Carrillo, 41, was traveling northbound on Tully Road when he struck a SUV that was turning left ahead of him.  Carrillo was ejected from the motorcycle, went through an elevated street sign, and landed in the backyard of a residence.

Carrillo was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Additional information and possible updates on the New Jersey accident can be seen in the January 14 New Jersey Herald story titled “Blairstown man dies in motorcycle accident“; the California accident can be seen in the News10 article of January 14 titled “Modesto motorcyclist killed in high speed crash.”


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