Motorcyclist Killed in Tragic Wreck on LA 385 in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana (LA)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA- Klfy.com writes that a crash occurred this week that left a motorcyclist dead in Calcasieu Parish. The victim has been identified as a man from Mount Vernon, Georgia. He was just 25-years-old.*
According to reports, a driver operating a 2004 Dodge Ram was traveling on La. 385 and tried to turn left at the intersection with W. Lincoln Road cut into the path of the motorcyclist’s 2013 Harley Davidson. The motorcycle struck the Dodge on its side.
The victim was wearing a helmet when the collision took place. Reports indicate that the driver in the truck was not under the influence of alcohol.
The incident remains under investigation.
Left turning cars lead to motorcycle crashes with disturbing regularity. Many motorcyclists report narrowly avoiding such impacts, but many others are not so lucky. In some situations, the cause is simply that the driver was distracted or failed to take the time to look in an effort to avoid the wreck. However, it is also often the case that drivers do look, but just fail to see motorcycles that are oncoming.
Inattentional blindness is one of the issues impacting motorcycles. This phenomenon occurs when a person fails to notice something that they simply did not expect to see. When this takes place, the driver in a car may actually look in the direction of the motorcycle, but since the person behind the wheel does not anticipate a motorcycle being there, he or she just does not see the smaller vehicle. These are “look-but-fail-to-see” crashes, and they are frighteningly common when it comes to motorcycle wrecks.
The brain has to pay attention to many things on the road. It appears that in some incidents, motorcycles, as smaller and less threatening vehicles, tend to be filtered out altogether.
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