SUV Kills Moped Driver in Tragic Highway 264 Crash
BEAUFORT COUNTY, NC- Witn.com writes that a driver struck and killed a man on a moped in the early morning this week in Beauford County. The crash occurred on Highway 264 when a 24-year-old Washington resident was traveling westbound on the highway and turned left to travel onto VOA Road. The SUV was traveling eastbound and collided with the victim.*
The incident led to the partial closure of the road during the morning. Currently, no charges were filed in relation to the deadly crash.
Two-wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles and mopeds present more risks for riders than those faced by people riding inside of cars. Not only do these vehicles offer less protection, but they are also more challenging to operate, and are less likely to be noticed by other drivers on the road. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that in 2017, the risk of being killed in a motorcycle crash was 27 times the risk of dying as an occupant of another vehicle involved in a collision.
One of the most important steps for a motorcyclist to take to increase their safety on the road is to use a helmet. Studies indicate that helmets are effective at reducing the risk of crash-related fatalities by about 37 percent. Drivers who do not wear a helmet face about three times the risk of traumatic brain injury as compared to their helmeted counterparts.
Researchers also indicate that bikes with antilock brakes lower the chances of being in a collision. The risk of a fatal crash on a motorcycle with this feature is about 31 percent lower than on a motorcycle that lacks antilock brakes.
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