Jason and Pam Walker, of Erie, Michigan were killed at around 10:20 p.m., Saturday, August 6th. The couple were traveling westbound on Consear Road in Whiteford Township, Michigan, when they were struck head-on. Both Walkers were wearing helmets, but despite the protection, they died from their injuries.
Although the crash is currently under investigation, it seems that the driver simply did not see the Walkers until it was too late. Sadly, these motorcycle crashes happen far too often. Drivers are more distracted than ever before. Even though most states have laws restriction cell phone use while driving, many still talk using Bluetooth, adjust in-car controls, eat, and drink, all while driving.
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As motorcycle riders and motorcycle crash attorneys, we have the misfortune of seeing the results of these incidents far too often. Bikers suffer severe injuries or worse – lose their lives, and drivers spend the rest of their lives knowing their behavior took the life of another. Such cases are devastating for everyone.
We have tried appealing to drivers to focus on the road and save their conversations, meals, and Pokemon for later. Today we will consider what bikers can do. First, wear brightly colored clothing and use reflectors. I know the black leather look goes with the lifestyle, but bright jackets and pants can be the difference between being seen and not. Remember to use reflectors on your bike, as well. Don’t worry- there are some really great ones out there.
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Also, remember to ride in the center of the lane. You are far more visible in the center of the lane than you are to the side. Also, if someone crosses over into your lane, you will have more flexibility to move about and avoid a potential crash this way. Finally, leave plenty of space between yourself and others on the road. If you crowd closely in with other vehicles, you increase the chance of hitting one if someone slams on their brakes. In addition, you run the risk of riding in someone’s blind spot.
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It’s critical to both see and be seen while on the roads. As motorcycle crash attorneys, we know that mantra well! Ride safely, and remember to call the team at Kass & Moses if you are involved in a crash.