A car was pulling out of a smoke shop parking lot when the motorcycle collided into its side. Witnesses say that both the driver of the car and the motorcyclist were going the appropriate speed.
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.
A crash occured when a car pulled out in front of the motorcycle near Windmill Lane and Paradise Road in Las Vegas. The motorcyclist attempted to brake but still hit the car and was taken to Sunrise Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
A southbound motorcycle crossed the center line on Highway 93 colliding head on with a pickup truck. The collision caused the truck to hit a guard rail before bursting into flames. The driver of the pickup was uninjured in the crash.
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On Monday afternoon, a motorcycle and a pickup were traveling in opposite directions at 927 Decatur Boulevard when the 1991 Chevrolet truck turned left in front of a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle.
After a motorcycle collided with a mini-van on Palmer Street, a passenger on the motorcycle was ejected into the path of a commercial truck. The passenger was taken to UF Health Jacksonville in serious condition.
Just before 2 p.m. on Reservation Road, a motorcycle accident occured that took the life of one person. No other vehicles were involved. The road around the scene is closed while authorities investigate the accident.
According to Police, a Camry was traveling westbound on West Slaughter Lane and made a left turn into an apartment complex. A motorcyclist that was traveling eastbound crashed into the vehicle.
Two motorcycles failed to make a traffic stop near Miller Hollow Road and Highway 77 on Tuesday evening, leading to a police pursuit. One of the motorcycles crashed into another vehicle on Highway 77, ejecting both the male driver and female passenger from the motorcycle.