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Michigan motorcyclist killed in collision with minivan

We have all seen the bumper stickers that implore us to "start seeing motorcycles." It seems like a simple request, and certainly good advice. As the weather in Michigan warms up more and more motorcyclists are bringing their bikes out of storage for the riding season. Motorists who have not been accustomed to looking out for motorcycles must once again pay full attention to ensure that they fulfilling their duty to drive safely and not endanger others who are using Michigan's roads.

While motorcycles are certainly smaller than other passenger vehicles they are still clearly visible to any driver who is paying sufficient attention. But for some reason it seems as if drivers either do not recognize motorcycles on the road or do not respect motorcyclists and give them the same deference that they would give to other vehicles.

The investigation into a recent fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a minivan remains ongoing, but initial reports suggest that the driver of the minivan may simply not have noticed the motorcycle.

According to a local news report, the crash occurred just after noon this Sunday about 25 miles north-west of Ann Arbor. The motorcyclist was traveling southbound on M-36 when an older driver turned his minivan into the path of the motorcycle. The van was apparently travelling north bound and was attempting to make a left turn.

Hopefully as the summer motorcycle riding season ramps up, the drivers of other vehicles will take serious their responsibility to pay attention to all vehicles, including motorcycles and bicycles.

Source: AnnArbor.com, "Police release name of motorcycle rider killed in crash," Cindy Heflin, May 7, 2012

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