An motorcycle rider was wedged underneath a parked car in a recent accident. According to ABC40, the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed, and that speed contributed to the accident. The motorcyclist landed in the hospital with some serious internal injuries. He was also cited for driving with a revoked license.
“The driver of the motorcycle went under the car and the car came back down on him and he was pinned by the rear tire of the car underneath him,” said Dennis Leger with the Springfield fire department.
Our Springfield motorcycle accident lawyers understand that this is only one of many motorcycle accidents that we’ve seen in the last month in the area. Some of them involving speed, too. As a matter of fact, speed and passing on the right are two of the most common factors in these kinds of accidents. And it’s these two factors that can be easily managed with safe and responsible driving habits.
When you’re riding in a high traffic area, like the city, you’ve got to be more careful. Where there are more vehicles and more irresponsible drivers, your risks for an accident skyrocket.
If you didn’t know, bikers refer to trucks and cars as “cages” when they’re out riding. Why? It’s because these bigger vehicles serve as a protecting cage for the drivers, whereas motorcyclists have no cage of protection. One of the best form of a “cage” that a biker can have is a helmet. Make sure you’re always wearing one.
According to American Motorcycle Association (AMA), motorcyclists in the state of Massachusetts are required by law to wear a helmet at all times.
Did you know that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars?
As a matter of fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were close to 50 motorcyclists killed in the state of Massachusetts in 2011. Of these fatalities, 88 percent were helmeted. Our mandatory helmet law helps riders who may one day find themselves in an accident. Your skills and safety measures behind those handlebars determine the rest.
When you’re out there on the open road, the Massachusetts Highway Department recommends that you always wear protective gear, in addition to always using your turn signals and hand signs, always practice your best defensive driving habits, avoid sharing lanes with other vehicles and make sure you’re properly trained and up to date with your riding skills. Motorcycle safety is all in how you ride. Many accidents can be prevented with responsible riding.