Most motorcyclists do not think about the dangers of the road when they hop on their bikes for a relaxing evening ride or a daytime zip across the city. Sadly, though, the chances of making it back home without injuries is definitely something to think about as you gear up to ride a motorcycle. The following news stories were compiled from CBS Pittsburgh to remind us all that motorcycles can be just as dangerous as they are fun.
Could a Life Have Been Saved?
In May of 2016, in Manor Township, a man was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident. The victim was only 23 years old. At about 8:20 p.m., the victim was riding his motorcycle on US 422 when a jeep turned in front of him into a parking lot. The motorcyclist lost control of his motorcycle and slammed into the jeep. The blunt force trauma to his head killed him and he was pronounced dead on the scene. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Guard Rail Collision
Also in May of 2016, a 52-year-old man from Burgettstown died in a motorcycle accident. He was driving along US-22, approaching the exit ramp for US-18 when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into the guardrail. He was either thrown or fell off his motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene that evening.
Parkway East Death
In July of 2016, a 63-year-old motorcyclist struck a guard rail while attempting to negotiate a curve in the road. The accident occurred near the Wilkinsburg exit of the westbound lanes of the Parkway East around 2 p.m. The motorcyclist was killed when he ran into the concrete wall on the underpass, causing the exit ramp to be closed down for an extended period of time.
Dirt Bike vs. Motorcycle Accident
Also in July of 2016, a man and his son were riding a motorcycle in the Gascola slag dump area. The father swerved to avoid colliding with a 17-year-old, who was riding a dirt bike. Unfortunately, both riders still crashed. The father was pronounced dead at Forbes Regional Hospital that evening, while the other rider only suffered a broken arm.
This may seem like a lot of motorcycle accidents within a short amount of time – and it is. It seems that when the weather changes in Pennsylvania, everyone who owns a motorcycle gets the bug to get out there and ride. All motorcycle enthusiasts should take extreme caution and wear helmets at all times while on the road. If you are in a motorcycle accident and suffer injuries, contact our motorcycle accident attorneys at (877) 415-6495.
If you have lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault, call us today and we can let you know if you have a valid wrongful death claim. If you do have a valid wrongful death lawsuit, we can help you.
(image courtesy of Abhijeet Somvanshi)