Two Killed in Tragic Gainesville Motorcycle Wreck
GAINESVILLE. FL- Wcjb.com writes that two people died in a crash involving a motorcycle. Police reported that a 55-year-old woman tried to make a left turn at the intersection of 70th Terrace and Southwest 24th Avenue but collided with a motorcycle that was heading in the opposite direction.*
The motorcycle impacted the other vehicle, an SUV, on its driver’s side door. Reports indicate that the motorcycle then caught fire, and both individuals died at the scene of the wreck.
The driver of the SUV was identified as a 55-year-old woman from Gainesville. The motorcyclist was a 23-year-old man also from Gainesville.
Crashes caused by drivers making left turns in front of motorcycles are possibly the number one cause of motorcycle wrecks. These incidents take place because a driver fails to notice the oncoming motorcycle. The reason this type of wreck is so common is that motorcycles are smaller than cars, and motorists may fail to see them. There is also a psychological aspect to these incidents because a driver who is looking out for cars may just see that there are no cars, rather than noticing that there is a motorcycle.
Experts on motorcycle safety say that it is important for riders to be on the lookout for these situations. Motorcyclists need to perceive cars that are in a left turn lane with their indicators on as a potential threat to their safety. It may be necessary to slow down and prepare to make an evasive maneuver. The best way for a rider to increase his or her chances of survival is to slow down. While there still might be an impact, the chances of the injuries being fatal drop as the speed of the vehicles involved declines.
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Sources:https://www.wcjb.com/content/news/Two-casualties--567494841.html and https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/02/01/2-people-killed-in-gainesville-crash-trooper-say/ and https://www.rideapart.com/articles/254912/10-common-motorcycle-accidents-and-how-to-avoid-them/
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