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Motorcycle Crash on I-75 Claims Another Life; Seventh Lee County Fatality this Year
When 32-year old Gary Hall, Jr. lost his life as the result of a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning (August 11), he became the seventh person to die in a motorcycle crash in Lee County this year. We’ve spent quite a bit of time and real estate on this blog, talking about motorcycle crashes and what can be done to first, reduce the number of accidents, and secondly, reduce the devastating effects of these crashes.
Lee County’s motorcycle crash rates for the year are grim. Through the end of July, there have been 190 motorcycle crashes in the county. That compares for 287 crashes and 17 fatalities in 2012. Last year more than half of the motorcycle accidents in Lee County involved another vehicle.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety points out that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in and accident than those in a car. If you’re a motorcyclist over the age of 60, you are three times more likely to be hospitalized following a crash than a younger rider. The Institute also notes that 48 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents in 2010 involved speeding and 42 percent involved alcohol.
There are things you can do to decrease your risk of a serious accident and increase your chances of surviving a motorcycle crash.
– When buying a motorcycle, look for one with anti-lock brakes. The Insurance Institute notes that bikes with anti-lock brakes were 37 percent less likely to be involved in fatal motorcycle crashed than those without ABS systems.
– Wear a helmet. Riders who do not wear helmets were 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury and three times more likely to suffer brain injuries than those wearing helmets.
– Dress for success. Shorts and jeans may be more comfortable on a hot summer day, but they won’t protect you if you crash. Wear full leathers, including gloves and over the ankle footwear.
– Be on guard and aware at all times. Recognize that many drivers will not see you on a motorcycle. Ride with you headlights on – even during the day. Do your best to make sure that other drivers can see you.
Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience if you make good choices and equip yourself properly.