In a deadly start to the Iowa motorcycle season, Davenport police are investigating two separate deadly motorcycle accidents that happened within three days of each other. Sunday evening a 32-year-old man was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle while traveling at a high rate of speed in a residential area. Days later, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a construction crew discovered a motorcycle accident in West Davenport along interstate 280 and highway 22. Sadly, the motorcyclist did not survive.
Unfortunately, the first few weeks of spring signal a particularly dangerous time for motorcyclists who have not been out on the road for many months. Not only are riders out of regular practice, but other vehicles are not used to seeing motorcycles, both of which can lead to accidents.
Back in 2015, in a spring that was also conducive to getting an early start, there were eight motorcycle fatalities before the close of April. Speeding, drifting of the shoulder and alcohol were among the factors leading to the multiple accidents along with the fact that 40 percent of the riders were not licensed to ride a motorcycle and therefore may have lacked essential training to avoid problems.
Even the most seasoned motorcyclist, doing everything right, may run into trouble. All too often, drivers of cars or other vehicles do not see motorcycles. Motorists tend to look for other cars and trucks and, even when they do see a motorcycle, because it is smaller it appears to be farther away than it really is. Nearly 50% of all motorcycle accidents occur as a result of an oncoming vehicle turning across the path of a rider many motorists claim they did not see.
To stay safe, motorcycle riders should follow a few tips for safe riding:
- First and foremost, make sure you are licensed to ride a motorcycle. The process of acquiring a motorcycle license requires riders to participate in a rigorous training program that can help you avoid accidents.
- Since a large part of staying safe is being seen by other vehicles, wear bright colors and always ride defensively.
- Wear appropriate safety gear including a helmet, protective eyewear and proper footwear.
- Motorcyclists are very vulnerable to injury so you must have your wits about you at all times. Do not drive impaired.
- Follow the traffic rules – be predictable.
- Adjust speed for conditions like heavy traffic, construction or inclement weather.
- Make sure your bike is up to the job. Good tread on the tires, lights and turn signals working, operational horn and good brakes are just a handful of checks to make sure your bike is ready to go.
- Enjoy the ride knowing you have taken the necessary precautions.
Contact an Experienced Team of Davenport Motorcycle Crash Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the actions of a negligent driver, contact the Davenport personal injury law offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC. for a free consultation. We have decades of experience representing motorcyclists and we will answer all your questions regarding negligence, liability, insurance and compensation for your losses.