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.