Motorcycle Accident in Macon Causes Traffic Delays
MACON, GA- Wgxa.com writes that a motorcycle crashed on Forsyth Road earlier this week. The police have not yet determined the cause of the crash. Reports do not mention any other vehicles. Traffic delays occurred in the area while crews worked to clear the scene.*
The chances of crashing a motorcycle in a single-vehicle collision are higher than the risk of crashing a car in a single-vehicle wreck. About 34 percent of motorcycle accidents involve just one vehicle compared with only nineteen percent of car crashes. The numbers make sense because motorcycles require more skill to operate, and are more vulnerable on the road to things like potholes or roadway debris.
The most severe motorcycle crashes, however, are those involving other vehicles. Collisions between two-wheeled vehicles and four-wheeled vehicles end badly for the more exposed motorcyclists. Cars often cause these wrecks because they fail to see motorcycles. One of the most perilous situations for motorcyclists is intersections, where someone is making a left turn. Drivers looking for oncoming traffic will often overlook smaller vehicles like motorcycles out of bias or because they expect to see cars. A car traveling at a driver will be more apparent and more intimidating than a bike.
When a car cuts off a motorcycle while performing a left turn, the results can be catastrophic, if not fatal.
Therefore, it is imperative that motorcyclists do everything that they can to increase their safety. Experts recommend always wearing a helmet and brightly colored or reflective clothing. Riders should slow when approaching intersections, even if they have the right-of-way.
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