Motorcycle deaths caused by a motorist turning in front of a motorcycle have been a problem for years, but it hit too close to home for me this year.
My brother was killed March 27 when a woman pulled out in front of him as he was returning home with dinner for him and his wife. That woman was witnessed to be on her cell phone at the time of the accident.
I am so tired of hearing these called accidents. Why are they not called acts of vehicular manslaughter? There is negligence involved on the part of the motorist. In my opinion, accidents happen because of something unavoidable. Turning in front of another vehicle is absolutely avoidable if you are alert and paying attention to your task at hand, which is driving.
Driving is a privilege and should be, at the least, revoked if a motorist commits an act of negligence that takes a life. I truly believe that had the woman who killed my brother not been on her cell phone, she would have been more in tune with what she was doing and perhaps my brother would still be here with us today.
When is somebody going to start being punished for these accidents? If the person causing these accidents were ever held responsible for taking a life because of their negligence, perhaps more drivers would start paying closer attention. If motorists knew they would lose their license if they caused an accident due to negligence and a life was lost, it should make every driver a little more defensive – and these accidents might become fewer and fewer. But until the day we start holding these drivers more responsible for their actions, these accidents will continue to take the lives of innocent people while irresponsible drivers go free.
Please remember, when you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, that there are motorcycles everywhere and take the time to look twice before making any turn. Looking twice can save a life.