David Smithey, a 49-year-old from Grand Junction, was riding his motorcycle west on Colorado 50 on Saturday, February 2. When he attempted to cross the highway, he collided with a GMC Yukon driven by Sharon Fladeland from Delta. He died at the scene of the accident. Coroners said that he died of multiple injuries.
One commenter from the KREXTV.com report says that he or she has “seen to [sic] many accidents there and some waiting to happen.”
News reports do not list any charges made in the accident or suggest which party was at fault.
Staying Aware of Motorcycles
In too many cases, we hear drivers say that they never saw the motorcycle before an accident occurred. The driver may have merged into a lane occupied by a motorcycle or turned left at an intersection in front of an approaching motorcycle. Motorcycles are harder to see than cars, especially at night or in severe weather conditions.
We encourage all motorists to keep an extra eye out for motorcycles at all times of the year. February is not the most popular time to ride for many Colorado bikers, but there are some dedicated riders who stay out all year, rain or shine. Look twice before turning, and always check your blind spot before merging into another lane.
If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, talk to us. If another driver was responsible, they might owe you damages to compensate for your grief and psychological trauma, as well as funeral and medical expenses. Call (866) 377-3800 today to schedule a free consultation with us.
Metier Law Firm, LLC – Wyoming and Colorado accident attorneys