Four Top Motorcycle Safety Tips in the Wake of Fatal Stafford, VA Crash
In the warmer months more people are getting on their motorcycles. Sadly we are also seeing more fatal crashes on the roads of Virginia.
Recently, Fredericksburg.com reported on the death of two motorcyclists in Stafford County, VA Sunday on May 10, when their motorcycle crashed head first into an oncoming Ford F-150 truck.
The police believe that the motorcycle hit the left bumper of a Jeep Wrangler stopped at a red light, which sent the motorcycle into the next lane creating the deadly collision with the pickup truck. The state police crash reconstruction team has not yet determined what caused the initial fender bender between the Jeep and the motorcycle, but the investigation is ongoing.
Even though both of the motorcyclists were wearing helmets at the time of the accident, they failed to survive this crash.
As the temperature continues to rise, more people will go out on motorcycles to enjoy the good weather. Every summer the number of accidents spikes due to this increased volume of vehicles on the road. Here are some ways to stay safe on the roads this summer, courtesy of consumerreports.org.
1. Invest in Anti-Lock Brakes
ABS brakes are now available on a wide range of motorcycle models and they are a proven lifesaver according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. ABS brakes allow the driver to retain steering control during an emergency stop and they are doubly important in slippery conditions.
2. Wear a Helmet
Even though helmets were not enough to save the lives of the couple in Stafford, VA, they are still an essential piece of equipment. It is also important to understand that helmets deteriorate over time and may be unsafe even if they look fine, especially if it has already experienced a crash.
3. Have the Right Gear
Regular clothes do not offer adequate protection. Motorcyclists should wear leather or other reinforced jackets, gloves, full pants, and over-the-ankle footwear, even in the heat of the summer. If the temperature is a big issue, specially designed jackets with rugged padding and breathable mesh material provide safety and ventilation in warm weather conditions.
4. Drive Defensively
A recent study by the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research found that car drivers cause 60 percent of the accidents between motorcycles and cars. So, as a motorcyclist, you need to be extra alert. Always be prepared for cars suddenly changing lanes or pulling out from side streets. Finally, never tailgate. A safe following distance is vital to ensure you have enough stopping distance and you have time to react to obstacles in the road.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the fault of another driver, you should seek medical care. The Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can advise you of your rights if you have been injured in a motorcycle crash or if you have lost a loved one. Call 757.455.0077.