Deadly Motorcycle Crashes Prompt Safety Reminder - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Deadly Motorcycle Crashes Prompt Safety Reminder

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47 ABC - A wrong move or turn on a motorcycle could prove deadly.

Last week, a Bridgeville man struck a guardrail with his bike and was pronounced dead at the hospital.  In Wicomico County, two other crashes are under investigation. One man has died, the other is in critical condition.

"Motorcycles are harder to see because of the smaller size, but the best thing you can do is remind our motorists here to just take that extra time, take that extra glance, be patient when they're changing lanes, be patient when they're making turns," Lieutenant Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said.

Follow at a safe distance.

"The old rule of thumb is always one car length for every 10 miles an hour," Robinson said.

And slow down!

"Many times when we're investigating these collisions and the motorcycle operator is at fault, there are usually indications or evidence left to indicate that the motorcycle is operated in a reckless manner," Robinson said.

Before you rev up that engine, make sure you have the right gear. The motto is cruisin' without bruisin'. Put on a safety helmet with a Department of Transportation label on it, wear leather gloves, put on a jacket and trousers to protect yourself from road rash, slip on a safety vest, leather boots and you're ready to go.  

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities represent approximately 11 percent of all highway fatalities each year.

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