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Motorcycle Crash Kills One in Melbourne, Florida


February 24, 2020

MELBOURNE, FL- Amp.floridatoday.com writes that a crash in Melbourne killed a motorcyclist from Indian Harbor Beach. The incident occurred this week when the motorcycle and another vehicle collided in the late morning close to the intersection of US 1 and Sarno Road. The initial investigation indicated that a 72-year-old motorist drove into the path of the 22-year-old man riding the motorcycle.*

The victim was declared dead at the scene of the crash. Police are still investigating the incident and have asked for any witnesses to come forward. 

Motorcycle collisions come with a much higher rate of fatalities than car crashes between two passenger vehicles. These motorists are much more vulnerable because two-wheeled vehicles leave drivers far more exposed, and because motorcycles do not have basic safety features such as seatbelts or airbags. As a result of the risky nature of motorcycles, their riders face a risk of being killed, which is about 28 times higher than that of a person traveling inside of a car or other passenger vehicle. 

In order to reduce the risk of being killed in a motorcycle wreck riders should always use a helmet. Another recommendation is to wear brightly colored clothing so as to be highly visible to others on the road. One of the most common types of deadly crashes for motorcyclists is being cut off by a driver in a car who is making a left turn. Drivers frequently fail to notice smaller vehicles when they are about to turn, and as a result, cut off the bikes. While the drivers are often at fault in these scenarios, anything a motorcyclist can do to reduce the risk of a fatal crash will help their chances of surviving. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://amp.floridatoday.com/amp/4807504002 and https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety and https://www.rideapart.com/articles/254912/10-common-motorcycle-accidents-and-how-to-avoid-them/


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