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.
Accident Date: 
Tue, 09/30/2014
Covina police officer Jordan Corder died while on-duty Tuesday after his motorcycle collided with an SUV in Covina.  Police say Corder may have been trying to make a traffic stop of another motorcyclist when he was hit by the SUV that was attempting to make a left turn.
Accident Date: 
Tue, 09/30/2014
Area: 
Tulsa, OK
An Avant man, James Hendrix, 56, was critically injured when his motorcycle collided with a deer in Osage County on Tuesday, September 30, and he died of his injuries on Wednesday, October 1.
Accident Date: 
Wed, 10/01/2014
One person was killed on Wednesday night in a multi-vehicle accident in Fulton County. The medical examiner's office identified the victim as Ben Herlinger, 38. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. at Old National Highway. 
Accident Date: 
Wed, 10/01/2014
A Jacksonville motorcyclist was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after a car turned into his path on Normandy Boulevard. Jackson Gourgue, 34, was driving westbound  when Loretta Comer pulled into his path and crashed into Gourgue. 
Accident Date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014
Area: 
Denver, CO
Aurora police identified 25-year-old Dustin Beers and 21-year-old Paden Clements as suspects in the hit-and-run that killed Derek Dahl. The first pickup truck turned in front of Dahl who laid his bike down trying to avoid a crash. A second pickup truck then drove over the motorcycle and Dahl.
Accident Date: 
Sat, 09/27/2014
A Tukwila firefighter died after a motorcycle crash on I-5 near Fife on Saturday. Jason William Karwhite, of Auburn, was riding on I-5 when the accident occurred. 
Accident Date: 
Wed, 10/01/2014
FHP said Jason McPherson was taken to UF Health with life-threatening injuries. A man is in critical condition after crashing his motorcycle early Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Accident Date: 
Tue, 09/30/2014
Two people were killed Tuesday night when the motorcycle they were riding struck a vehicle that was pulling from a driveway on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, police said. Adam Hicks died at the scene and the passenger, Amanda Horvath died later at a local hospital.
Accident Date: 
Mon, 09/29/2014
The man was treated by emergency crews and loaded into an ambulance, but died a short time later. Police are still searching for the car reported to be racing Card, which has been described as a blue or dark blue early 2000’s Honda Civic.
Accident Date: 
Tue, 09/30/2014
Police said the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and died from massive head trauma.

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