Tragic Motorcycle Crash Kills Destin Resident
OKALOOSA COUNTY, FL- Mypanhandle.com writes that a twenty-year-old motorcyclist from Destin died in a crash in Okaloosa County this week. The sheriff's office is currently investigating the tragic collision and has indicated that the victim was ejected from the bike in the wreck.*
Reports state that the motorcycle and another vehicle collided in the westbound lanes of Emerald Coast Parkway during the early afternoon. The victim was transported to the Destin Emergency Room, where he was later declared dead.
Motorcycle crashes are often severe as these two-wheeled vehicles do not have the same protections against crashes as other passenger vehicles. Of course, cars have roofs and door beams, but also airbags, seatbelts and other safety equipment that motorcyclists do not benefit from. Cars and other four-wheeled vehicles are also more stable than a motorcycle, making them easier to operate.
Even if a motorcyclist is skilled at operating the vehicle, these individuals must be extra cautious around other larger automobiles. About one out of every three motorcycle crashes occur because a car turns into the path of the bike.
Because of the many risks presented by motorcycles, it is important that the rider is skilled and uses safety equipment such as a helmet. There are courses that are offered to teach motorcyclists how to operate a motorcycle. Being able to drive a car will not make a person a capable motorcyclist as different skills are required.
Helmets must be properly designed if they are to offer the desired protection. The government has federal safety standards for motorcycle helmets, which ensure that the helmet is able to reduce the risk of head injuries to motorcyclists.
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