Motorcyclists Sustain Critical Injuries in Pensacola Collision
PENSACOLA, FL- Wkrg.com writes that two people on motorcycles suffered severe injuries in a collision in Pensacola this week. The crash occurred on Michigan Avenue when a driver ran through an intersection without yielding to the two motorcycles. Both of the riders struck the side of the vehicle. Responders rushed the victims to the Sacred Heart Hospital for treatment. *
Motorcycle crashes have a higher risk of fatalities than crashes between passenger vehicles. In fact, the risk of death to motorcyclists is around five times the risk faced by people in cars, and the risk of injuries is ten times higher for bikers. The most likely collisions to kill motorcyclists are those that involve the motorcycles being struck on their front ends. The majority of motorcycle wrecks involve a crash with another vehicle, and 75 percent of those are crashes in which the front of the motorcycle strikes a car or other vehicle.
The reason for this is often that drivers overlook motorcycles. This is a common problem when cars are making left turns. According to some reports, cars turning left are the most common cause of motorcycle crashes. While this may simply be the result of distracted drivers or blind spots, it may also be caused by a psychological phenomenon where drivers fail to notice a motorcycle. It may be that drivers only see that there are no cars, and not that there is a motorcycle.
In order to avoid these crashes, motorcyclists must be on the outlook for a driver who is about to make a turn. When on a motorcycle, a car waiting to turn left at an intersection should be perceived as a threat.
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