A motorcyclist was transported to the hospital with critical injuries following a serious crash on Biscayne Boulevard on Monday, August 3. The accident involved a motorcycle and a Volkswagen sedan. Police report that at about 7 p.m. on Biscayne Boulevard and 39th Street, the motorcycle and the sedan collided for reasons currently unknown. The motorcyclist was rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center.
Motorcycle Accidents Frequently Result in Serious Injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. This can be explained by the size and build of the motorcycle. Motorcycles themselves offer no protection against head injuries to the ride or passenger. Ejection from the motorcycle is the most common cause of serious injuries. If the motorcycle comes to a sudden stop due to hitting another vehicle, the rider and/or passenger is often ejected from the motorcycle and may collided with another object and the ground.
Motorcycles lack the crashworthiness of automobiles. The automobile has considerable weight and bulk, as well as airbags, seatbelts, a roof, and door beams. It rides on four wheels, making it more stable, and its sheer size renders it more visible. Motorcycles lack these crash protections, but do have some features that the automobile lacks. Motorcycles are able to stop quickly in the event of an obstacle and can be readily maneuvered. Experienced drivers can swerve rapidly to avoid a crash when confronted with obstacles. Motorcycle helmets do provide some protection for drivers and passengers and can save lives in the event of an accident.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
About 40 percent of all reported motorcycle accidents are single vehicle crashes. The causes of these accidents include speed, driving while intoxicated, lack of experience or failure to recognize the operating characteristics of the motorcycle, slippery surfaces, mechanical defects, and roadway obstacles.
Multi-vehicle accidents often result from other motorists turning into the path of the motorcycle. Motorcyclists are less visible than automobiles and drivers who are not paying adequate attention may not see their approach. Motorcyclists are urged to take steps to make themselves more visible, such as wearing bright colored clothing, anticipating that drivers making left hand turns may not see them, and preparing to make defensive maneuvers. Drivers of automobiles need to take more care to be on the lookout for motorcyclists, especially when making left hand turns, and must recognize the motorcyclists have the same rights on the roadways as cars.
The use of alcohol is another major component to motorcycle crashes. The NHTSA reports that about 43 percent of all motorcycle accidents involve alcohol. Motorcycles involve more skill than operating a car, and drivers must be sober and alert to safely operate their motorcycle. All motorcyclists are cautioned never to ride their motorcycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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