A late-night ride ended badly for two motorcyclists over the weekend when they crashed in Tacoma. According to reports, they were said to have been riding erratically before colliding with each other. The accident occurred on I-5 Northbound around 11 PM. Both motorcyclists were transported to a nearby hospital, one suffering from minor injuries and the other from serious injuries. It is undetermined what caused the crash.
Motorcyclists have it hard out on the road. Riding a motorcycle poses greater risks of injury than driving a car. The NHTSA has previously reported that motorcyclists are eight times more likely to be injured in a crash per mile traveled. There are things that motorcyclists can do to ride responsibly and safely, however:
• Give yourself time to respond. Make sure you are prepared for other vehicles making unsafe maneuvers.
• Respect your limits. Know what the posted speed limit is and know what speeds you are able to handle as a motorcyclist. Do not allow yourself to be pressured by cars and other motorcycles.
• Prepare your mind. Focus on the road and let everything else go.
• Do not drink and ride. Two wheels require more coordination and attention.
• Make sure you are well-rested and hydrated.
• Consider yourself invisible. Do anything you can to increase your visibility – wear brightly-colored gear, use a headlamp, etc.
• Build your skills. Take a course in rider education through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.