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Fatal Motorcycle Wreck Shuts Down Butler Boulevard


December 04, 2019

FL- Firstcoastnews.com writes that a tragic motorcycle accident killed one person earlier this week on Butler Boulevard. The motorcyclist was traveling eastbound and approaching Hodges Boulevard when he lost control of his 2017 Suzuki motorcycle and veered off the roadway. The victim, identified as a 23-year-old man, lost control of the vehicle and then was thrown from it as the bike flew into the tree line along the roadway.*

The crash happened in the afternoon. It took responders more than four hours to clear and then reopen the roadway. 

Motorcycle deaths dropped across the country in 2017. While close to 5,000 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2017, that number indicated a drop by about 300 as compared to the previous year.

Even though fewer motorcyclists are dying, they still face a risk of death that is about 28 times that of other vehicle occupants. 

The gains are not consistent, and the rate of motorcyclist deaths in the country has fluctuated. The trends are not consistent throughout the country, either. In 2017, the numbers dropped in 30 states, rose in eighteen, and did not change in two.

One possible cause for the decline witnessed in 2017 is the bad weather caused by a particularly difficult hurricane season. The hurricanes may have deterred some riders from taking their bikes out, leading to fewer motorcycles on the road and, therefore, fewer accidents.

The main causes of motorcycle crashes are similar to the causes of other types of vehicle collisions. Drug and alcohol impairment and distracted driving cause a large number of the most severe crashes. 

Riders should also use helmets. If all motorcyclists wore helmets in 2016, then 802 victims of fatal motorcycle crashes would likely have survived motorcycle accidents that year. 

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Source:https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/traffic/motorcyclist-dies-after-crash-on-the-southside/77-89e6570a-6672-4189-9806-3755fb242d98 and https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-motorcycle-crashes

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