A fatal crash occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, on State Route 197, near Spencerville, when a Caterpillar dumpster truck, driven by Rolland Rhodes, 46, of Harrod, was heading west on State Route 197 and then began to turn into a driveway.
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.
Michael Lacroix of Burrillville was seriously injured in a crash between his motorcycle and another vehicle Route 146 in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. and happened just before 7:00 AM on Thursday morning.
Darrell Madison was riding his motorcycle on Douglas Road when he lost control of the bike on a curve. The vehicle hit a ditch, and he was thrown off. He was taken to a hospital in Topeka with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Investigators say he was wearing a helmet.
Around 9:30 p.m. a motorcycle collided with another vehicle on Dix Highway. The driver of the motorcycle, a 20-year-old man, and the driver of the other a ehicle, a 78-year-old man, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Dane County authorities say a 41-year-old Monroe man was traveling south on Highway 69 near Henry Road at a high rate of speed on his 2008 Kawasaki ZX600P motorcycle when he lost control of the motorcycle and crossed the center line, striking a car head on.
A 54-year-old Rochester Hills man died in a Saturday afternoon motorcycle crash in Rochester Hills.
At least one person was seriously injured in a 4-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle in northeast Denver Wednesday afternoon in the 4100 block of Brighton Boulevard. Check back for updates on this developing story.
Thomas Gilleran, 65, was injured in a crash in the 5700 block of North Canfield Avenue on Friday night when his motorcycle struck a curb. He was brought to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was
A female passenger on a motorcycle, 35, suffered a major head injury and died after an accident on Fairmount Avenue in Milwaukee.