An 18-year-old tragically lost his life late Monday night after he crashed his motorcycle into a cable barrier at high speed. Abraham Guerrero of Bellingham was riding on I-5 North at around 10:45 when he lost control of his bike and collided with the median. He was killed instantly.
Motorcycle accidents, just like all motor vehicle accidents, can happen in the blink of an eye. But, according to the NHTSA, motorcyclists are eight times more likely to be injured in a crash per mile traveled than those driving cars. And, contrary to popular belief, motorcycle accidents are wholly highly predictable. The causes of and contributing factors to motorcycle accidents are part of a small group.
Inexperienced riders can often make mistakes, just as inexperienced drivers can. One of those is that they do not give themselves enough time to respond. It boils down to this: the faster you ride, the quicker your reaction time needs to be. A second of inattention is more dangerous at higher speeds. The NHTSA reported that in 2007, 36% of motorcyclists killed in accidents were speeding.
Motorcycle riding is a great activity that is the perfect outlet for adrenaline junkies. When you do it right and ride responsibly, it can make all the difference in your experience. Safe and happy riding to our motorcycling readers.