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Motorcyclist dies in accident in Moline, Iowa

Many motorcycle and motor vehicle accidents take place at intersections. These parts of the roads have many vehicles that have to cross paths, making it more dangerous for drivers. When a driver doesn't pay attention or is not in the right lane, that person puts others at risk.

With motorcyclists, it's common to see left-turn accidents where a driver has come from the right and turned left out in front of the motorcyclist as he or she traveled. When this happens, it's normal to see the motorcyclist strike the driver's side of the vehicle and to suffer serious injuries or death from the head-on collision.

That might have been what happened in this case, although police are still investigating. A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a vehicle on 8th street in Moline, according to a Feb. 7 news report. The accident took place at around 4:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6.

The motorcyclist, a 36-year-old, had been traveling north headed into the intersection of 7th Street and 35th Avenue Place when he collided with a Pontiac. The Pontiac was impacted on the front driver's side. The motorcyclist was thrown onto the windshield of the vehicle following the head-on collision. He was rushed to the hospital but did not survive his injuries.

Accidents like these are usually avoidable. Drivers should slow down, stay alert and make sure they know who has the right of way when approaching intersections. Even if there are flashing lights or traffic lights, it's a good idea to stop or slow down upon entering the intersection. If a driver strikes someone by crossing into his or her path, he or she could be held liable in court.

Source: WQAD 8, "Motorcyclist dies after collision with vehicle on 7th Street in Moline," Johnnie Jindrich and Katrina Lamansky, Feb. 07, 2017

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