Spring is in the air and as our weather begins to warm up, enthusiastic motorcyclists are roaring to hit the roads.
This month alone, motorcycle accidents are increasing daily. Many of these accidents were caused by the motorcyclist and involved semi-trucks. If you’ve been in an accident contact Vancouver personal injury lawyer.
- April 15, 2015, in Williamson County, Illinois, two semi-trucks were traveling side by side northbound as they passed Exit 59 to Herrin Road. A motorcyclist, James Randolph, 41-years old, merged onto I-57 from Herrin Road but failed to yield the right-of-way to the semi-truck in the right lane. To avoid hitting the motorcyclist, the semi-truck hit his brakes. The motorcyclist then continued past the front of the semi and moved into the left lane where he hit the trailer of the second semi-truck. Randolph was ejected from his motorcycle and then hit by the semi in the right lane. The motorcyclist died at the scene. Both semi-truck drivers were not injured. (WPSD Local)
- April 20, 2015, according to the Odessa Highway Patrol, Daniel Escalante, 46-year old from El Paso, was driving his semi-truck just off Interstate 20 and was about to turn east onto the interstate. Refugio Gomez, 33-year old, was driving his motorcycle and traveling west when Escalante pulled out in front of him. When Gomez tried to avoid the semi-truck, his motorcycle slid on its side hitting a tire on the tractor trailer. Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene. (kvia.com)
- April 22, 2015, in Escondido, California, a motorcyclist failed to stop for traffic slowing down for the light ahead and crashed into a truck in front of him. The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle into traffic and then a semi-truck rolled over the motorcycle driver with its rear wheel. The motorcyclist died at the scene. (utsandiego.com)
- April 23, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Johnny Collier, a 48 year old man, was attempting to change lanes behind a semi-truck. The semi-truck stopped and Collier hit the truck from behind. Unfortunately, Collier dies at the hospital from his injuries. (KFOR.com)
Motorcyclists Face Unique Dangers
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people in a car. Riders over 60 are three times more likely to be hospitalized after a crash than younger ones because of slower reflexes, diminished eyesight and weaker bones.
According to the IIHS, in 2010, 48% of fatalities involved speeding and 42% were alcohol related motorcycle accidents. If you are a new motorcyclist, it is highly recommended that you take the hands-on MSF Basic Rider Course. If you take an approved safety course, you may be eligible for an insurance discount.