Motorcycle Fatalities

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

Typically the causes of motorcycle accidents are simple to explain. Houston County motor officer Ray Harris says, "Lack of attention by other motorists, making lane changes, you know we're small and hard to see."

Some law enforcement officers choose to ride motorcycles so they can easily maneuver between traffic and get to the scene as quickly as possible. They are required to train for two intensive weeks, learning how to respond to different obstacles in an effort to keep them safer on the roads, but occasionally even they have nerve-racking moments. Harris says, "I’ve had some cars make a lane change where I was occupying the space they wanted and I had to try to evade them."

While there is no way to eliminate all hazardous situations on the roadways, there are certain steps you can take to keep yourself and others safe when you hop on your Harley and hit the road. Local Harley Davidson business manager Jim Mooney says, "It's a rider education program based on acc. Causation model what it's all about it teaching people risks involved today."

Programs like this can teach people to be better defensive drivers, and when considering the seriousness of most motorcycle wrecks, this seems a reasonable and responsible action to take. Mooney says, "Normally, depending on speed and severity it's normally fatality."

Regardless of the dangers, people will continue to ride to experience a feeling of freedom and individuality some say can be found no where else."

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