Crash Kills 19-year-old on Imperial Parkway in Bonita Springs, Florida
BONITA SPRINGS, FL- Nbc-2.com writes that one person died in a motorcycle crash earlier this week. Police identified the victim as a 19-year-old boy.*
The crash occurred when the motorcyclist was traveling on Imperial Parkway. A 52-year-old man driving a Mazda SUV was trying to turn left onto Bonita Lakes Boulevard. The motorcycle collided with the turning vehicle.
Left-turns are hazardous for motorcyclists and cars alike. However, motorcyclists are much more at risk of being killed in these collisions, both because they are more likely to be overlooked, but also because they are more vulnerable in crashes. Motorcyclist fatalities dropped over the last few years, but these riders still die far more often than vehicle occupants. A motorcyclist’s risk of dying in a crash is about 28 times higher than the risk of a vehicle occupant dying in a collision.
It is important for drivers to keep a lookout for motorcyclists. Motorcycles have an equal right to use the roads, and drivers must share the road with people on motorcycles. Of course, it is smart for motorcyclists to control as much of their own safety as possible by taking the necessary steps to keep themselves out of harm’s way. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that motorcyclists should make sure they have undergone proper training before taking to the road. Motorcycles are more difficult to operate than four-wheeled cars.
Motorcyclists should always wear a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation. These helmets are marked with a “DOT” symbol indicating that they meet the appropriate requirements. Bright colored clothing can also prevent motorcyclists from being overlooked on the road.
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Source:https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety and https://www.nbc-2.com/story/41396325/at-least-one-person-dead-in-crash-on-imperial-parkway