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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Motorcyclists: Watch Out for Left Turners and Be Prepared

I have Google Alerts set to capture most media accounts of fatal motorcycle accidents. So, I see many "left-turner" crashes involving motorcyclists. It makes me want to scream that the majority of riders don't know about left turn accidents or choose to ignore them. I've written about these accidents for the better part of 12 years. I feature "10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle" on every page of my website. I've written about it in my new Kindle book. I just saw another tragic story about a rider who liked to live on the edge. These stories tend to lock into helmets and proper riding attire as possible ways to prevent accidents. Helmet laws are also discussed heavily. Back and forth discussions among riders and non-riders often ensue in the comments after stories. However, nothing seems to stop the continuing carnage of similar accidents that go on and on across the country. Maybe nothing can stop this senseless loss of life. But, maybe, just maybe we can collectively stop one or two of these accidents by reading the following story and telling a rider friend or two. Can't hurt. Here's an excerpt:
"It was 82 degrees with low humidity and light wind the day Scott Pohl died. This is significant because a motorcycle was not Scott’s primary transportation. He usually drove his pickup to work. Scott’s shift for most of his six-day week started at 4:30 p.m. But on Fridays and Saturdays he’d start at 7 p.m., which is also significant. It is why he was headed east on North Territorial Road in Salem Township at 6:32 p.m. on the second day of summer, approaching an SUV driver who never saw him coming." -- John Counts, AnnArbor.com
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