Riding a motorcycle during this time of year is a lot of fun. Trees and plants are flowering and blooming, and you have the opportunity to ride in nice weather. You enjoy the dry weather in Arizona all-year-round, but now is when you feel most comfortable being out on your motorcycle.

It can also be dangerous for you to ride on the roads today, however. Drivers don’t always think about the fact that motorcyclists could be around. Even if they see them, the fact that your motorcycle is smaller and less protected means that you could be badly hurt if a driver hits you. 

Take, for example, this case that occurred at the Arizona-Utah border. A Mustang was driving south on Old Highway 91 when it hit a motorcyclist that was traveling north. In images from the scene, the driver of the Mustang was over the centerline.

The two people on the motorcycle involved in the wreck were badly hurt. Both riders had been thrown from the motorcycle and had severed limbs. The driver’s left foot was amputated in the crash, and the woman’s left leg was severed. They were in critical condition, and they had to be flown to Dixie Regional Medical Center to treat their injuries. 

In this case, the driver of the Mustang was believed to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. His initial breath test came back at .147%, based on court documents. The driver, 23, now faces a third-degree felony DUI due to causing serious injuries. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for driving with a suspended license

The sad thing about crashes like this is that they are totally avoidable. Drivers know not to drink and drive. If you’re hit by a drunk driver, remember that they can be held responsible for your injuries, suffering and financial losses.