Crash Near Brandenburg Kills Motorcyclist and Passenger
A crash on June 17, 2018 in Meade County killed two people riding a motorcycle. Safety officials hope this tragic accident will remind motorists to be extra careful as the weather gets warmer and more motorcyclists ride on Kentucky’s roads.
According to WDRB.com, this crash happened at 9:30PM on KY 1638 by KY 933. As the motorcyclist was trying to make a left turn, a car allegedly struck him. The motorcycle’s driver was killed instantly and the passenger died in a nearby hospital. The car driver, however, was not injured in this accident.
Police are currently investigating the cause of this crash, but they don’t believe DUI was a factor. Anyone with information on this accident should get in touch the Meade County Sherriff’s Office.
Safety Tips For Kentuckian Motorcyclists
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are at a higher risk of serious injuries and fatalities due to the motorcycle’s lack of protection compared with a car. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that over 4,000 American motorcyclists die in traffic accidents every year.
It’s important to keep in mind that about 60 percent of motorcycle crashes are caused by cars. After these serious accidents, car drivers often tell police they just couldn’t see the motorcyclist.
Motorists need to pay extra attention when making turns, especially at intersections. For their part, motorcyclists could consider wearing bright clothing and attaching stronger lights to their motorcycles. These small adjustments could dramatically improve the chances other motorists will be able to see you.
The only way motorcyclists can reduce their risk of death in a crash, however, is to wear a DOT-approved helmet. While it’s not a law to wear a helmet in Kentucky, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points out that motorcyclists who wear helmets cut their risk of death by 37 percent.
Under Kentucky’s laws, it’s illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drive or ride as a passenger on a motorcycle without a helmet. Motorcyclists with only a permit or a motorcycle license under one year old are also required to wear a helmet.
Kaufman & Stigger: Fighting for Motorcyclists in Kentucky and Indiana
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