MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

I have a general rule when I ride my bike, always watch out for cars pulling out into traffic, act like everyone is going to pull out in front of you.  Hopefully that will help you avoid an accident.  And don't show off if you don't know what you're doing, or at least wear full gear or somethin'!  Hopefully these articles will make you think about the responsibility of owning your own bike.

Why you should ALWAYS wear your gear.

Saturday, August 5, 2006

BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA - Two brothers were killed in separate motorcycle accidents on the same stretch of road within just two hours of each other. One was headed to the scene of his brother's accident.  Steven Kerr was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a speed limit sign.  Less than two hours later, and only about 100 yards away, his younger brother was fatally injured when his motorcycle crashed into the rear of a stopped vehicle.  Police say he was speeding as he headed for the scene of his brother's accident.

ROETHLISBERGER ACCIDENT

The star quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers was in an accident on Monday, June 12, 2006.  He was not wearing a helmet while riding his '05 Hayabusa when he collided with another vehicle.  He had surgery to repair broken bones in his face, other injuries were sustained including cuts and bruises.  He was not wearing his helmet.  He continues to play football.

WOW!

Here's something someone emailed to me.  Definitely makes you want to slow down and stop showing off.

A picture is worth a thousand words.   Click on pics to see full-sized image.                

The Honda rider was traveling at such a "very high speed", his reaction time was not sufficient enough to avoid this accident.  Swedish Police estimate a speed of ~250 KM/h (155mph) before the bike hit the slow moving car side-on at an intersection.  At that speed, they predicted that the rider's reaction time (once the vehicle came into view) wasn't sufficient enough for him to even apply the brakes.  The car had two passengers and the bike rider was found INSIDE the car with them. The Volkswagen actually flipped over from the force of impact and landed 10 feet from where the collision took place.

All three involved (two in car and rider) were killed instantly.  This graphic demonstration was placed at the Stockholm Motorcycle Fair by the Swedish Police and Road Safety Department.  The sign above the display also noted that the rider had only recently obtained his license.

At 250 KM (155 mph) the operator is traveling at 227 feet per second.  With normal reaction time to SEE-DECIDE-REACT of 1.6 seconds the above operator would have traveled over 363 feet (21 yards more than the length of a football field) while making a decision on what actions to take.  In this incident the Swedish police indicate that no actions were taken.

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Martinez, Georgia - Associated Press - One man was killed and several others injured Saturday in a crash involving a car and about 10 motorcycles, part of a Relay for Life cancer benefit ride, authorities said.  The accident happened on County Line Road near the Columbia-McDuffie county line, authorities said.  Coroner Vernon Collins withheld the name of the rider who was killed pending notification of next of kin. Authorities also declined to identify a woman driving the car, who they said was not injured.  The Georgia State Patrol is investigating, and says wet road conditions may have been a factor.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Accident kills Parkersburg man -PARKERSBURG - A Parkersburg man died following a single-vehicle motorcycle accident early Saturday evening on West Virginia 68 just outside Parkersburg.  Wood County Sheriff's Deputy B.A. Pickens said Fredrick Fly, 55, of 140 Sunset Boulevard, Parkersburg, was pronounced dead at 7:17 p.m. Saturday at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital by the Wood County Coroner's Office.  The accident happened about 4:43 p.m. Saturday on W.Va. 68. Pickens said Fly had crossed the Juliana Street Bridge south to West Virginia 68 when he negotiated a right-hand bend and was entering a left-hand bend when his 2001 Honda Shadow motorcycle went onto the southbound berm and struck a guardrail. The motorcycle went approximately 200 feet along the guardrail, brushing it two more times, before Fly was ejected, he said.  The motorcycle continued another three-tenths of a mile along the guardrail before rolling onto to its side.  Fly was transported to CCMH following the accident where he later died. Pickens said alcohol is being investigated as one of the possible contributing factors of the cause of the crash.  The accident remains under investigation.

November 19, 2005

Daytona Beach -- A 21-year-old Ormond Beach man died Friday afternoon when he flew off his motorcycle and slammed into a vehicle, police said.  John R. Hart was driving north on Fentress Boulevard as a southbound car attempted to make a left turn into a driveway at 425 Fentress Blvd., Sgt. Al Tolley said.   Hart attempted to stop, was ejected from the bike.   Both the driver and the cycle crashed into the passenger side of the vehicle.  The motorcycle driver died instantly, EVAC Ambulance spokesman Mark O'Keefe said.   The vehicle's driver, Andrew Shaw, 26, of Daytona Beach, was not injured.  Hart was wearing a helmet, and according to witnesses, speed may have been a factor in the crash.   Charges are pending the results of the investigation, Tolley said.

November 18, 2005

HoustonA police chase ended in a fatal accident Friday afternoon when the driver ran a red light after speeding down a north Houston street.  Police believed the motorcycle to be stolen.  The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Aldine Bender Road at Chrisman.  Witnesses said the motorcyclist ran the light, crashed head-on into an 18-wheeler and was ejected from his bike.  The chase began when a Harris County deputy spotted a motorcycle traveling at about 80 mph and chased it for about one minute after the driver would not pull over.   "The deputy was behind him quite a distance and, in fact, the deputy was considering terminating the pursuit because he said the suspect was going about 100 mph at that point.  The deputy noticed that the light at Chrisman had turned red and the suspect on the motorcycle attempted to go through the intersection.  However, the 18-wheeler had already started into the intersection and the suspect struck the 18-wheeler and was killed immediately," said Lt. John Martin, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.   The road was closed for several hours until the scene was cleared.  The deceased's name was not released.  He was a 28-year-old man.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Salem, IL - A 23-year-old Centralia man has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.   Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say Harold Cottrill of South Sycamore Street failed to make a curve on Wabash Avenue when approaching U.S. 51 Thursday night and struck a large wooden for sale sign.   The motorcycle traveled another 124 feet before coming to a stop.  Sheriff's officials say Cottrill sustained both head and arm injuries. He was initially taken to St. Mary's/Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia and then transferred by medical helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital.   Deputies believe Cottrill had speeded up when seeing a Wamac Policeman before losing control.  Police say Cottrill was not licensed to drive a motorcycle and had no insurance.

Charlotte, NC - Speeding motorcycles leave one dead, one hurt on 485.  The highway patrol says both bikes were way over the speed limit, when one motorcycle hit the second motorcycle in front of it, putting both riders on the pavement.  Troopers say the rider who was hit from behind was the one who died.  The second rider was taken to the medical center.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Lance Cpl. Bruce S. McVay, 19, of Strasburg was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday about 11 a.m. in Onslow County, N.C.  The crash occurred on Old Folkston Rd., near the city of Holly Ridge.  McVay died at the scene of the accident.  His death is being investigated by the Marine Corps and the Jacksonville post of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.  McVay was a mortarman stationed with the 3rd Battalion/8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, said 2nd Lt. Barry Edwards.  McVay joined the Marine Corps in March 2004.  His awards include a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on a Terrorism Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.  The Daily News of Jacksonville contributed to this report.

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

DOUGLASS (Berks) -- (Pottstown, PA)  A 46-year-old Stowe woman died early Monday morning in Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown from injuries she suffered following a motorcycle accident Sunday night, police said.   Deborah Fenyus of Glasgow Street died shortly after being flown from the scene of the 10:30 p.m. accident on the 800 block of Englesville Hill Road, police said.  According to police, Fenyus was a passenger on the motorcycle operated by her husband, Donald, when he lost control of the motorcycle on a curve on the road.  Neither party was wearing a helmet, according to township police.  Donald Fenyus, 47, was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital by ambulance for medical evaluation. His condition has not been released.  Details of the crash as well as any cause are still under investigation.  Assisting at the scene were Boyertown and Gilbertsville ambulances, as well as fire rescue and fire police personnel from Friendship Hook and Ladder and Keystone Fire Company, both of Boyertown.

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Near Hollywood, CA - Actor Ryan Reynolds in a Motorcycle Accident.  The 29-year-old actor has been recently involved in a motorcycle accident.  Ryan Reynolds (The Amityville Horror, Blade: Trinity, Van Wilder), who is engaged to singer Alanis Morissette, was in Hollywood on his way to an interview with a writer for Jane magazine, when he ended up in a collision, according to Contactmusic.com.   "I was lane sharing - that thing motorcyclists do when you're driving your car and you get really frustrated when they blow by you in the middle of the lane - well, I was being that a**hole and I hit a car.  I feel horrible”, the actor said.   "My foot peg just clipped him a bit. I'm not worried about his car - it was like, I was a foot peg away from death.  But all's well that ends well. I'm still alive", Reynolds added.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Near Austin, TX - Georgetown Police are investigating a motorcycle accident that injured a man and his 7-year-old daughter.  Police said the man drove his bike into the back of a parked pickup truck Monday night.  The child was riding at the rear of the motorcycle; both were riding without helmets.  They were taken to Brackenridge Hospital where their conditions are not known.  However, the child was talking after the incident, Georgetown police said.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

ROANOKE RAPIDS - A Hollister man died Sunday night around 11:26 in a one-motorcycle accident outside Littleton.  According to a report by Trooper Paul Clayton of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Mitchell Nakia Silver, 30, was driving his 2005 Suzuki bike west on Porter Road when he tried to negotiate a curve going 70 mph.  Silver traveled off the roadway to the right, collided with a ditch and came to rest on the right side of the roadway facing north.  He died at the scene, according to investigators.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

CZW wrestler Chri$ Ca$h passed away yesterday evening in a tragic motorcycle accident. Below is the message from the official CZW website:  "Chri$ Ca$h - Christopher Bauman Jr. passed away last night after being involved in a motorcycle accident near his home in South Jersey. On behalf of the CZW family we would like to send our condolences to the Bauman family who are mourning Chris as are we. The thoughts and prayers of the CZW family are with them and those of the CZW fans also are."  -- Below is the report from the Inquirer:  "Two cousins riding on a motorcycle and the driver of a car have been killed in a collision in Glassboro, police said today.  The Gloucester County Prosecutors Office said the motorcycle was on Ellis Street when a Ford Taurus turned in front of it from Higgins Drive about 9:15 last night.  The motorcycle struck the car on the driver's side.  Dead at the scene was Jeremy Bauman, 27, of Franklinville, the driver of the motorcycle, and his cousin Christopher J. Bauman Jr., 23, of Sewell.   The car's driver, Daisy Gwin, 68, of Glassboro, died en route to Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Washington Township." 

Monday, August 15, 2005

(Near Roanoke, VA) - A 17-year old is dead after a motorcycle accident in Botetourt County.  Kristen Kozlowski of Buchanan was riding on the back of her father's motorcycle when he lost control and hit a curb on route 220, just north of route 1202.  Both were thrown off the bike, Kristen died at the hospital.  Both were wearing their helmets.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

(Near Norfolk, VA) - A Seaford man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving ran off the road.  Robert Carpenter, 43, was traveling east on Seaford Road about 7:30 p.m. near the intersection with De Alba Lane when he lost control on a curve, Virginia State Police said.  The motorcycle left the road, struck a ditch and then a concrete and brick structure at the end of a driveway, according to police.  Carpenter was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center, where he died.  Police said the 2005 Harley-Davidson was traveling at high speeds.  Carpenter was wearing a helmet. Police do not know if alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Sauk Centre, MN, Rural Meire Grove - James Wiegers, 26, of Melrose, was involved in a single vehicle motorcycle accident on July 30 in Meire Grove Township.  According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s office, Wiegers was traveling west on CSAH 13 one-quarter mile west of Highway 4 when he lost control of his Honda Sport Bike and went off the road to the left.  The motorcycle struck a culvert and overturned.  Wiegers, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was taken by ambulance to the Melrose Hospital and airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital by Life Link Helicopter.  The Melrose Rescue Squad and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted at the scene of the accident.

On July 31 a call was received from Mary Gustafson who reported a motorcycle accident that had occurred at the intersection of State Hwy. 28 and 180 Street in Section 13 of Burnhamville Township. It appeared the driver was not seriously injured. When Todd County Deputies arrived, the driver of the motorcycle was gone. After checking the license plate of the motorcycle, it was discovered that the 2005 Honda 1000 was stolen recently from the Sauk Centre area. The accident and theft is still under investigation. If you have any information please contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

Plymouth Community United Way campaign chairman the past two years, Rick DeBruyne, is hospitalized at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor after a motorcycle accident last week.   DeBruyne, 51, of Howell, was injured when the motorcycle he was operating approached a curve on Eight Mile Road, near Hall Road, in Livingston County's Hamburg Township about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8.  DeBruyne is the director of health, safety, ergonomics and wellness at Johnson Controls in Plymouth Township.  "He apparently went over (the motorcycle)," said Hamburg Township Police Chief Robert Krichke. "His son was on another motorcycle following him and there was no reason for this to happen. They're not sure if it was a medical condition that took him down or something else."  Krichke said DeBruyne's son was not involved in the accident.

Thursday, August 4, 2005

A Pompano Beach man died early this morning in West Palm Beach after being ejected from a motorcycle and striking a wooden power pole.  Christopher J. Gross, 22, was attempting a "wheelie" when he lost control of the 2002 Suzuki motorcycle, according to a report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.  Gross was wearing a helmet.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Mountain Ranch, CA - A Mountain Ranch man is dead following a single motorcycle accident on Mountain Ranch Road yesterday.  CHP says 56-year-old Andreas Trujillo was riding eastbound near Rocky Road at about 3:00 in the afternoon when he approached a curve in the roadway.  As he was going around the curve, Trujillo reportedly allowed the 2001 Harley Davidson to leave the roadway onto the gravel shoulder.  Police say that as the bike overturned, Trujillo was thrown into a tree.  He was transported to Mark Twain St. Josephs Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Monday, July 25, 2005

SALISBURY, N.H. - A New Hampshire man has died after a car crashed with his motorcycle yesterday in Salisbury, and his wife was hospitalized with head injuries.  State police say 64-year-old Robert Belmain and his wife, Tammy, were driving on Route 127 when they hit a Honda Accord that was trying to turn left onto the highway.   Troopers say 41-year-old Suzanne Langlois of Palmer, Massachusetts, pulled out in front of the Belmains.  The motorcycle struck the Accord and skidded off the road and down an embankment.  The Belmains were thrown from their bike. They weren't wearing helmets.  Tammy Belmain was air-lifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, where a nursing supervisor says she's in satisfactory condition today.  Langlois wasn't injured.  State police say they are investigating the crash and haven't filed any criminal charges yet.

Sonora, CA-California Highway Patrol says a Sonora teen was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday night.  Officers say 19-year-old Christopher Brinkley was riding north on Timothy Drive south of Willow Springs Drive at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his motorcycle.  CHP says Brinkley left the roadway and hit several mail and newspaper boxes before flying into a drainage ditch.  Authorities say Brinkley was then thrown from the motorcycle and hit a utility pole.  Brinkley died a short time later at Sonora Regional Medical Center.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Terre Haute, Indiana- A motorcycle accident in Parke County turns fatal for a Terre Haute man.  Police say that Carl McCamon crossed the center line on U.S. 41 last night.  He then laid his bike down in the northbound lane when a mini-van driven by Anita Crowder of Rockville struck the motorycycle and then McCamon.  He was pronounced dead at the scene Crowder only sustained minor injuries.  Police say that Crowder was not at fault and that she could not have avoided the accident.  An autopsy is scheduled to determine why McCamon crossed the center line.

Seattle Area - An off-duty Sequim police officer died when she failed to negotiate a turn on her motorcycle and crashed into an oncoming truck.  Officer Kathrene "Kathy" Barr, 27, was riding with a small group of motorcyclists northbound on Highway 113 outside of Forks, Clallam County, according to the State Patrol.  Around 3:30 p.m., Barr crossed the center line as she was attempting a curve to the right on her 2004 Yamaha motorcycle, striking the front bumper of a southbound truck that was towing a boat trailer, the patrol said.  She died at the scene.  The driver of the truck, Frank Furtado of Southworth, Kitsap County, and his two passengers were not hurt.  Barr, who previously worked as a corrections officer with the Clallam County Sheriff's Office, joined the Sequim Police Department as a reserve officer in 2002 and was hired full-time in September.  She was the department's first school resource officer working with the Sequim School District, according to a police department news release.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Keith Alexander Mitchell, 44, was killed when his motorcycle and a van collided.  According to police, Mitchell, 44, was driving a 2000 Suzuki on Martin Luther King Drive when he entered the intersection at Stadium Drive.  Investigators say Lashay Cannon, 18, driving a 2001 Dodge van on MLK Drive, attempted to turn left into Winston-Salem State University when the van and bike collided.  Mitchell was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  Police said no charges have been filed.  The accident was the second fatality in less than a week that involved someone operating a motorcycle.  Christian Klaus Neuhauser, 45, of Clemmons, died Friday when his motorcycle collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate Business 40.   Neuhauser was the editor of Road Runner magazine in Winston-Salem.  A dog in the middle of the street in Albany County led to fatal motorcycle accident.  Richard Cotton Jr., 44, of Saratoga Springs was riding his bike in Cohoes Wednesday morning. Police said a car in front of him stopped suddenly around North Mohawk Street and Conboy Avenue to avoid a dog.  Cotton reportedly hit the back of the car, bounced off and was then hit by a minivan. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was hurt.  No charges are expected in the crash, but the investigation is continuing.

Friday, July 15, 2005

The driver of a motorcycle died after his bike collided with a tractor-trailer in an accident that shut down westbound Business 40 for hours.  Christian Klaus Neuhauser, 45, of Clemmons, died in the wreck, according to authorities.  Neuhauser was the editor of Road Runner magazine in Winston-Salem.  According to police, his motorcycle went across both lanes of the highway, then collided with the truck and was pinned underneath it.  The accident happened at about 4 p.m.  Traffic was diverted at Peters Creek Parkway until the lanes reopened Friday night.  Witnesses at the scene said the biker was merging into traffic on Business 40 when the accident happened.  They said three passers-by pulled him out from under the truck.  The biker was sent to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead Friday night. The truck driver appeared to have received minor injuries.