Motorcycle Crash on US Highway 1 in River Heights, Florida (FL)
RIVER HEIGHTS, FL- Floridatoday.com writes that a crash occurred this week in Cocoa involving a car and a motorcycle. The incident happened in the morning and led to the closure of all lanes of traffic. A medical helicopter arrived at the scene.*
Currently, no further details are available.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that in 2018, 4,985 people died in motorcycle crashes. That number represents a five percent drop in deaths as compared to the prior year. Preliminary numbers for 2019 suggest that the downward trend continued into 2019. Last year, it appears one percent fewer motorcyclists died in collisions nationally as compared to 2018’s numbers.
The risk of dying in a motorcycle collision is about 28 times higher than the danger of dying in a crash in a passenger car. While only about three percent of vehicles registered are motorcycles, these vehicles account for about fourteen percent of all traffic deaths.
Motorcyclists can take steps to better their safety, such as wearing a helmet. However, many collisions are the result of other drivers, and not caused by the motorcyclist’s actions. For instance, one of the most common types of crashes takes place when a driver makes a left turn in front of a motorcycle. Drivers simply overlook motorcyclists in many cases, and the consequences are often dire. When riding on two wheels, its best to pay close attention to other motorists, especially at intersections. Experts say the tires of a car can provide the first indication that a driver intends to move. The mistakes of a driver will often be worst felt by a motorcyclist.
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