Kentucky motorcycle drivers are required by state law to wear a helmet when they get on their two-wheeled vehicles. They may be wondering, however, what other protective gear they need to wear. Savvy riders, perhaps including some who learned the hard way, know that more gear is better when it comes to protection against injuries.
Motorcycles are popular in Kentucky, and experienced bikers generally ride defensively and wear a helmet and protective clothing. They also tend to heed advice that has been followed by riders for almost as long as there have been motorcycles, but some tips may be making the roads more dangerous rather than safer.
Police in Kentucky have reported that a motorcyclist was killed after being struck head-on by a pickup truck during the early evening hours of April 19. The 61-year-old man had been riding with a group of friends at the time of the accident. The pickup truck driver and another motorcyclist suffered injuries in the crash, which took place in Lexington on Old Richmond Road at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Curvy Kentucky roads and an unexpected rain shower produce accident hazards for motorcyclists. Experts recommend that people master the skills of operating their motorcycles and stay vigilant of dangers on the road in order to reduce the chance of a bad crash.
Many Kentucky residents enjoy the open road experience that comes with riding a motorcycle. When riders follow important safety tips, they reduce their risk of an accident with catastrophic injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines a motorcycle as an off-road motorcycle, two- or three-wheeled motorcycle, moped, scooter or mini bike. In 2012, national traffic crash data recorded 4,957 motorcyclist deaths and 93,000 motorcyclist injuries. In Kentucky, 106 motorcyclists died in accidents.
A motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run collision with an SUV on a Lexington, Kentucky, street. It appears that the lack of streetlights on the road may have been a factor in this collision. However, no road condition would excuse abandoning an injured person in an attempt to evade responsibility.
One of the rules of safe driving in Kentucky is to look out for traffic before making a turn. When a careless driver turns onto a busy street without first making reasonably sure that it is safe to do so, he or she may cause a serious accident. If a motorcycle is involved, there is unfortunately a good chance the rider gets badly injured, possibly even killed.
Two Kentucky resdients were injured recently when they lost control of their motorcycles on a roadway near Danville. The two were riding down a hill when their bikes spun out of control, scraping the ground on one side and then flipping over. Both riders were injured but neither suffered from fatal wounds. One was transported to a nearby hospital in an ambulence and the other was able to get their under his own power.