Who is at Fault When a Car Makes a Left Turn in Front of a Motorcycle in Vermont? Most of the time the driver of the car would be at fault and the motorcycle operator who was hit would be able to pursue a negligence claim against the car driver’s insurance company.
However, if the motorcycle operator was exceeding the speed limit it’s possible she or he might be comparatively negligent.

When someone gets hurt in a car accident, deciding who’s at fault is often a difficult task. Of course, there are some accidents in which it’s pretty obvious where to put the blame, but many times it’s not so clear: enter comparative negligence.

Suppose we have two drivers: Abby and Brian. Abby stops at a stop sign and prepares to turn left onto a busier road with no stop sign. She looks both ways multiple times, and decides to make her turn when the road seems to be clear. Meanwhile, Brian barrels down the road 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. He’s unable to slow down and slams into Abby’s car.

Here, both parties share some of the fault: Brian definitely should not have been speeding, but Abby should have been a bit more attentive and cautious before making her turn. So who is responsible?

Vermont follows the modified comparative fault model, which follows the 51 percent bar rule. In states adhering to the 51 percent rule, a party may not recover if he or she is 51 percent at fault.

So who is at fault in this car versus motorcycle crash that happened on Fort Bridgman Road in Vernon, Vermont? The Vermont State Police are still investigating so it remains to be seen who is at fault. If you, a family member or a friend are injured in a car accident please David Polow seven days a week at 802-888-7707 for a free consultation about your car accident.

August 22, 2020
Westminster Barracks / Motor Vehicle Crash with Injury

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#: 20B103907

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Alexander Sidor

STATION: Westminster

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

DATE/TIME: August 22, 2020 at 11:58 A.M.

STREET: Fort Bridgman Road

TOWN: Vernon

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Tyler Hill Road

WEATHER: Clear

ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Jaclyn Root

AGE: 68

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Guilford, Vermont

VEHICLE YEAR: 2020

VEHICLE MAKE: Jeep

VEHICLE MODEL: Cherokee

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Passenger side rear tire and rim. Vehicle is operable.

INJURIES: None

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Robert Mosgrove

AGE: 60

SEAT BELT? No, Motorcycle

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Marlboro, Vermont

VEHICLE YEAR: 2012

VEHICLE MAKE: Harley Davidson

VEHICLE MODEL: XL1200C Motorcycle

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Left side- scrapes to the leather seat, gas tank, gear

shift lever, and handle bars.

INJURIES: Laceration to the head, several broken ribs, and several other non life threatening injuries.

HOSPITAL: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On 08/22/2020 at approximately 11:58 a.m. Vermont State Police received a report

of a motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles in Vernon.

Upon arrival, Troopers discovered a motorcycle (vehicle #2) and Jeep Cherokee

(vehicle #1) were the two vehicles involved in the crash.

Vehicle #1 was attempting to turn left onto Tyler Hill Road from Fort Bridgman

Road and Vehicle #2 was traveling south bound on Fort Bridgman Road when the two

vehicles collided.

Vehicle #2 struck the rear passenger side of Vehicle #1. The operator of the

motorcycle sustained multiple incapacitating injuries and was transported by

ambulance to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and then taken by DHART

helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

The State Police were assisted at the scene by the Vernon and Guilford Fire

Departments, and Rescue Inc.

There is an ongoing investigation into how this crash occurred. Anyone with

information regarding the crash is encouraged to call the Vermont State Police

barracks in Westminster.

at 8/22/2020 04:15:00 PM
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