Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Clifton Park, NY
Perfectly "Typical" Car/Bike Accident
As a new rider, I have been reading motorcycle accident stories in the papers whenever I see them. I noticed one today that mentions a the rider was on a Vulcan. But it is almost comical how "typical" this story is..."the driver was attempting a left-hand turn", "I just didn't see the bike".
I'm surprised that there is no ticket issued, you would think bouncing a bike to the curb might be classified as "failure to yield the right of way". I'll probably learn this is typical as well....
Motorcyclist, 32, hurt in collision
By **** Lindsay, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Updated: 08/05/2010 07:15:15 AM EDT
Thursday August 5, 2010
PITTSFIELD -- A motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a car on North Street on Wednesday afternoon.
Allan Catalano, 32, was driving north on North Street on his Kawasaki Vulcan around 1:25 p.m. A Ford Fusion, driven by 67-year-old Ralph Stannard of Pittsfield, collided with the motorcycle. The car was attempting a left-hand turn onto Crane Avenue, according to Pittsfield police.
"I just didn't see the bike," Stannard told an Eagle reporter at the scene.
While the investigating officer found Stannard at fault, city police report he wasn't issued a traffic citation.
Catalano, the motorcyclist, apparently suffered a foot injury, according to a firefighter at the scene, and he was transported to Berkshire Medical Center. Catalano was admitted to BMC and was listed in stable condition Wednesday night, hospital officials said.
The Ford Fusion sustained significant damage to the front driver's side, while the Kawasaki also had front-end damage, police said.
The impact of the crash sent the motorcycle to the curb by the intersection with its front wheel facing north. The car eventually came to a stop in the eastbound lane of Crane Avenue.