A motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene following an accident that involved a bike and two vehicles.
According to Arizona police, the motorcycle was traveling north when it hit an eastbound van. A total of six people were involved in the accident. Five of them refused treatment after paramedics evaluated them. At this point it is unclear how the second car was involved and if the motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet or not.
It’s important that both motorists and motorcyclists practice safe driving practices when sharing the road. Here are some safety tips:
- Don’t buy a motorcycle you are not able to handle. It’s also advised that you take motorcycle driving lessons, just as you would car driving lessons.
- Invest in anti-lock brakes.
- Wear a helmet. According to government-funded studies, riders without a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in an accident. They are also three times more likely to suffer brain injuries.
- Wear the right gear. This means protective gear from head to foot.
- Be defensive. Since it’s harder for cars to see you, make sure you are practicing the utmost awareness. Do not tailgate, but ensure your presence is known.
- In collisions involving a motorcycle and a car, car drivers were found to be at fault 60% of the time.
- Drivers need to practice awareness at all times. This means keeping your eyes out not just for other cars, but for motorcyclists.
- Obey the posted speed limits.
Accidents are hard to avoid, but if you practice safe driving techniques you can lessen your chance of involvement in one. If you are involved in a car or motorcycle accident, you should work with a personal injury attorney that can investigate your accident and help build a case.