Three Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Occur in 24 Hours on Gulf Coast
BADLWIN COUNTY, AL. – According to an online article published at wkrg.com, three fatal motorcycle accidents occurred in the span of 24 hours on the Gulf Coast. These tragic accidents are unfortunately on trend with a pattern of deadly accidents in the southern part of the United States.*
One of the accidents happened in Baldwin County and involved a motorcycle and a tractor-trailer. WKRG reports that the motorcyclist was tragically killed in the collision. WKRG also reports that in another horrible turn of events, a firefighter responding to the scene of this accident was struck by a second tractor-trailer and tragically died from his injuries.
Another motorcycle accident occurred on the Baldwin Beach Express. A motorcycle and a passenger vehicle collided near Buc-ee’s, and the motorcyclist tragically died. And yet another motorcyclist was tragically killed when he lost control of his bike on a curve in a Pensacola, Florida, roadway. The motorcyclist was ejected from the bike during the crash.
Information about the cause and nature of these three fatal crashes was not included in the article from WKRG. They all happened within a 24-hour period of time.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that Gulf Coast states were at the top in 2017 for deadly motorcycle accidents. Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi were all near the top. Mississippi was Number One for fatal motorcycle crashes, Florida was Number Four, and Alabama was Number Fifteen. The rankings were based on total accidents and the number of registered motorcycles in the states.
Numerous factors contributed to these accidents, including distracted driving, inattentive driving, and impaired driving, among others. Safety experts say that both drivers and riders have to use their best judgment when sharing the road. Drivers need to watch out for motorcyclists, and motorcyclists need to practice defensive riding.
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