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Low Visibility Leads to Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Just a few days ago there was a horrific accident in Greensboro, North Carolina that unfortunately left a motorcyclist dead. On Friday morning, March 20th, at around 6:30AM, the driver of a GMC pickup truck, 56-year-old Tony Ray Allen, collided with a rider when he mistook the motorcycle as a car with a blown headlight. Allen was making a left turn across the intersection and wrongly assumed he had the space and time to complete the turn. However, his wrongful judgment led to the rider slamming into the side of his truck, killing the motorcyclist on impact.

Sadly, accidents like this one happen all the time. In fact, left turn collisions are among the most common forms of motorcycle accidents and leave tons of riders injured or killed every day in the United States alone. The old “look twice, save a life” slogan is about as straightforward as it gets. With just another glance, the Mr. Allen could have determined that the “car” was in fact a fast-moving motorcycle with limited braking power. That second look would have quite literally saved the motorcyclist’s life. Sometimes, however, even an additional visual scan won’t be enough to spot a poorly visible motorcycle rider.

In certain scenarios, inadequate lighting, confusing road layouts, and many other safety hindrances can be the cause of serious accidents. These are situations that even looking twice may not solve, and within a matter of seconds, a joyful midnight cruise down an empty street can turn into a devastating motor vehicle accident. Often times, it’s the accidents we least expect that cause the most damages not only physically, but emotionally and financially as well. 

Low visibility situations can cause accidents of all types.

It doesn’t have to be the low visibility of a motorcycle or motorcyclist that causes of an accident. In fact, it’s common for road obstructions, imperfections, defects, and hazards to be more dangerous at times of low visibility than anything. Some examples or reasons for low visibility include:

  • A motor vehicle with no light(s) turned on. This makes you extremely hard to see, especially during: night-time, foggy weather, rainy weather, or during any overcast.
  • A pedestrian or bicyclist wearing dark clothing in low-light areas (especially at night). You may be able to see those metallic cars at night, but don’t forget that they may not be able to see you. If you plan on crossing into the path of a motor vehicle, you should wear visible clothes.
  • Riding in the “blind spot” of another motor vehicle. Sometimes it’s not on purpose, but if you can control it, try not to trail behind another vehicle in a spot which could make it hard for them to see you. If they make the sudden decision to switch lanes, you both could be in trouble.
  • Line-of-sight hazards, including overgrown foliage, poorly placed objects, light poles, etc. Accidents caused by vision obstructions can sometimes be blamed on the negligence of the person responsible for maintaining the foliage, property, or other vision obstruction. Speak with an attorney as soon as possible if you think a view-obstruction object caused your accident.

Danger is always around us.

The examples given above are examples which we should all be able to relate to. Right off the top of my head, I can think of more than one area in Clearwater alone that consistently proves their dangerous traits. Large bumps in the road that give vehicle a good jostle; large fences that block the view of oncoming traffic; these are just examples. What’s important to accept is that danger is everywhere, and people are bound to get hurt. What’s hard to accept is that said danger could affect you at any given time. Unfortunately, what’s even harder to accept is that it could have already happened to you or a loved one.

If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence or lack of care, you’ve already got our sympathy. It’s never acceptable for someone else’s reckless behavior to be the reason yourself or a loved one is in the hospital with outstanding medical expenses, and possibly living with long-term disabilities because of that accident. At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we dedicate our time to helping people like you recover from these unfortunate events. If you’ve experienced losses of any kind—whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or financial—because someone else was negligent, you could be eligible for significant monetary compensation.


Located conveniently in the Tampa Bay Area, Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA has been around since 2009 and consistently strives to offer aggressive and full-hearted legal services to wrongfully injured victims of negligent behavior. If you need to speak with a personal injury attorney, you shouldn’t hesitate to give us a call. One of our experienced personal injury attorneys are standing by and are eager to give you a consultation and case evaluation for free. For more information, give us a call at 727-451-6900.

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