Two Colorado Motorcycle Accidents Leave Three Dead Within 24 Hours
Three motorcyclists were killed in two different fatal motorcycle accidents that occurred within a 24 hour span (between August 29th and 30th).
According to a report in The Tribune, the first motorcycle accident occurred when a single motorcycle crashed into a guardrail, killing both people on the bike. The fatal accident took place on the U.S. 34 West exit ramp near Greeley late afternoon on August 29th. The motorcyclists were identified as residents of Milliken and Lakewood.
Less than a day later, as Colorado accident lawyer Linda Chalaton reports in The Injury Board Blog Network, another motorcyclist was killed in a two-vehicle crash just west of Denver. The accident occurred when a Kia Rio southbound on U.S. 285 collided with an oncoming motorcycle. Despite wearing a helmet, the motorcyclist died at the scene of the crash.
Weekends like this illustrate the desperate need for awareness on the road. Chalat offers some safety tips in the wake of these tragic accidents:
These sad events are reminders that motorcycle safety should be a constant concern for both motorcyclists and other drivers at all times. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has many safety tips, including the following for drivers:
Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, and do not depend upon the brake lights to indicate de-acceleration. A motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.
Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks. And be aware that because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections.
Whether you’re on four wheels or two, take these tips to heart.
And if you’re on two wheels, you may also want to check out these tips to avoid motorcycle accidents from Denver personal injury lawyer Dan Rosen.