As spring moves in and brings nicer weather, riders can’t wait to brush that winter dust off their bikes and hit the open road. Unfortunately, this can be a dangerous pursuit. More motorcycles on the road often brings more motorcycle accidents. Accidents involving motorcycles are more dangerous for many obvious reasons; motorcycles simply offer their riders less protection then riding in a vehicle and, often, motorcycle accidents involve head, spinal cord and other very serious injuries.
Two deadly motorcycle accidents occurred in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in a period of only three days. Closer to home, the Tribune reports a fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 1 near Lompoc in Santa Barbara County; this marked the second fatal crash on that highway in a matter of days.
The article reports that the crash, which occurred on April 22, involved a motorcycle and a Ford Explorer. The motorcyclist was ejected from the bike on impact and was pronounced dead on the scene, while the driver and passengers in the SUV suffered only minor injuries. The accident occurred on a bright sunny day at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon; the police are investigating possible causes of the accident. This horrific crash came just days after another fatal accident in that area on Friday morning.
These current events highlight the need for increased motorcycle safety on the road. These tragic accidents can be devastating for riders and their families, but there are ways to hold the negligent drivers responsible. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights and remedies and the damages that you may be able to recover.
Source: The Tribune, “Motorcyclist killed in Hwy. 1 crash near Lompoc – second fatal collision since Friday,” Janene Scully, April 22, 2018.