Trumbull county Motorcycle Crashes on the Rise
TRUMBULL COUNTY, OH- Wkbn.com writes that with motorcycle crashes on the Rise in Trumbull County, data suggests that these collisions are mostly the fault of other drivers and not the motorcyclists. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is now issuing a safety reminder to motorists to keep an eye out for smaller vehicles.
The increase in motorcycle crashes experienced in July of this year was steep. Across the county, the number of such fatalities quadrupled. Officials believe part of the issue might be the good weather, which could be encouraging motorcyclists to get out on the road.
The county only saw one fatal motorcycle crash in 2019, but so far, four people have lost their lives in such incidents in 2020. The main cause of these crashes is that drivers are failing to keep an eye out for people on two wheels. Police told drivers that it is important to be cautious to avoid cutting into the path of a motorcycle, especially when turning left. When drivers make a left turn, they have to cross over one or more lanes of oncoming traffic. When a motorcycle is oncoming, this can mean tragedy.
As for riders, it is possible to increase safety by using caution and proper gear. Protective clothing and helmets are a must. Of course, riders will also benefit from taking the time to learn motorcycle skills, and never riding after drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that motorcycle deaths dropped in recent years, but that thousands still die on the road throughout the country annually. Motorcyclists are also overrepresented in terms of traffic deaths. The risk of dying on a motorcycle is about 28 times as high as the risk of dying as an occupant in a car.
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