Motorcycle Accident

While motorcycle accidents occur at about the same frequency as passenger vehicle accidents, the seriousness of injuries is much greater. Motorcycle accidents occur for many of the same reasons as car accidents, but are much more likely to result in serious injury or death. According to a study done by the federal government, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in an accident than passenger vehicle drivers. This is because motorcyclists have to worry about all of the same risks as people in cars, and a few extras that are unique to riding a motorcycle. If you or a friend uses a motorcycle, it is crucial that you read up on these dangers so you can stay safe. Be sure to understand the risks of driving generally (link to car accidents page) as well as the risks unique to riding a motorcycle.

Many people who ride motorcycles love the sense of freedom and independence that being open to the air gives them. But because motorcycles are small and there is so little padding between the driver and the road, an accident on a motorcycle is more dangerous than on any other vehicle. In a crash, a motorcyclist risks being crushed or run over by other vehicles, skidding across pavement at freeway speeds, having their motorcycle pin them to the ground, and any number of other injuries that are amplified by their lack of protection.

Motorcycles are also much harder to see than other vehicles. As a result, more than half of all motorcycle fatalities occur because of head on collisions. These situations almost always occur because someone driving a car simply did not see the motorcyclist until it was too late. Another danger that presents itself to motorcyclists is other vehicles making left hand turns. Often a vehicle turning left will run right into a motorcycle going straight through the intersection. As in the previous situation, the person driving the car or truck just won’t see the motorcycle until nothing can be done. While the other motorist will usually be at fault, situations like these result in almost 42% of motorcycle fatalities.

At least 25% of motorcycle accidents are caused by fixed objects and road conditions. This means the driver hitting a pothole, an object in the middle of the street, a light post, or the road being wet or icy. While these risks also affect other sorts of drivers, people on motorcycles have to be especially aware of things in the road or weather conditions that will endanger them because of their unique vulnerability.

In a perfect world, there would be no motor vehicle accidents. While driving in any sort of vehicle, car, truck, or motorcycle, will never be 100% safe, there is much that can be done to make transportation as safe as it possibly can be.

Date: 
Monday, August 18, 2014
State: 
New York

A 33-year-old Lockport man remains in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center with head and back injuries suffered when his motorcycle collided with a car Monday morning on Campbell Boulevard at the intersection of Beach Ridge Road in Pendleton.

The motorcyclist was identified today as Nicholas Batt, according to Victor Morales, public information officer for the state police.

Date: 
Monday, August 18, 2014
State: 
Nevada

The motorcyclist who died in a Monday afternoon crash in North Las Vegas was identified Tuesday by the Clark County coroner’s office.

Carlos Acosta Jr., of North Las Vegas, died after his motorcycle collided with a truck near the intersection of Lake Mead Boulevard and Bruce Street.

Witnesses told police that 20-year-old Acosta ran a red light and hit the truck, which was turning in the intersection. An investigation revealed Acosta was likely speeding before the crash.

Acosta was pronounced dead at the scene.

Date: 
Monday, August 18, 2014
State: 
Texas

The Galveston Police Department responded to a fatal motorcycle accident that happened around 3:50 a.m. Monday near the 1200 block of Seawall Boulevard.

Investigators say they found a Harley Davidson V-Rod motorcycle that had collided with the rear of a parked vehicle and a white man who wasn't breathing.

The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Houston man Adam Naddak. He was pronounced dead at 4:15 a.m.

Date: 
Sunday, August 17, 2014
State: 
New York

A deadly car-on-motorcycle crash in New York State on Sunday involved a pair of drivers from Pennsylvania.

According to the Associated Press, the crash happened in Apalachin, New York, located about 12 miles west of Binghamton, when the car appeared to make a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle, police said.

The motorcycle rider, identified as Auburn Lyons, 43, of South Gibson, Pa., crashed into the turning car and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to AP.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Donald Ulmer, 71, of Little Meadows, Pa.

Date: 
Sunday, August 17, 2014
State: 
Nevada

The person killed in a fatal motorcycle crash in the southwest valley Sunday night was identified as a 38-year-old Las Vegan, the Clark County Coroner’s office said.

Authorities said Brandon Dean Harris was speeding and recklessly riding his yellow Honda CHR600 motorcycle eastbound on Blue Diamond Highway near Arlington Ranch Boulevard about 7:45 p.m. when he collided with a gray 2006 Honda CRV attempting to turn left from a westbound lane.

Date: 
Sunday, August 17, 2014
State: 
Connecticut

Connecticut State Police are investigating a deadly motorcycle accident in Litchfield.

It happened late Sunday afternoon along Route 254. Police say Jay Coffey, 50, of Watertown was riding south on Route 254 when, it looks like, he lost control near Jefferson Hill Road. Coffey then crashed into multiple wooden posts that are attached to the wire rope guardrail, and was thrown from his motorcycle.

Coffey was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He was pronounced dead at Waterbury Hospital.

Date: 
Saturday, August 16, 2014
City: 
Lenox, NY
State: 
New York

State police are investigating the cause of a weekend motorcycle crash that killed a 60-year-old woman and left her husband in critical condition.

Troopers say 60-year-old John Didden Jr. of Canastota was operating his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the eastbound lanes of the Thruway late Saturday night when he lost control for an unknown reason just west of Exit 34, near his home in the Madison County town of Lenox, 15 miles east of Syracuse.

The bike overturned on the paved shoulder of the highway, ejecting Didden and his wife, Carol.

Date: 
Saturday, August 16, 2014
State: 
Maryland

Authorities in Baltimore County say a motorcycle driver from Pennsylvania is dead after a crash in Maryland.

Officials say the crash happened around 2 p.m. Saturday in the area of Old York Road and Lentz Road in Parkton. Authorities say an initial investigation found the motorcycle was driving eastbound on Old York Road when it struck the back of a 2014 Ford Escort that had stopped to make a left turn. The motorcycle then traveled onto westbound Old York Road and was struck by a 2014 Honda CR-V.

Date: 
Friday, August 15, 2014
City: 
Lowell, ID
State: 
Idaho

A 57-year-old Boise man died when the motorcycle he was driving went off the road and crashed in a ditch in northern Idaho.

The Idaho State Police identified the victim as Gerald V. Wilburn.

It says the crash occurred about 7:50 p.m. Friday on U.S. 12 in Idaho County near the Apgar Campground.

Wilburn was traveling alone.

Date: 
Friday, August 15, 2014
State: 
Nevada

The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed in a crash Friday morning along I-15 as Julius Dixson Gerald IV, 31 of Las Vegas.
Gerald was killed while riding his motorcycle early Friday in a chain-reaction crash on I-15 near Sahara Avenue.

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