April 30, 2012
According to the Hurt study, a motorcycle accident report, three-fourths of all motorcycle crashes involve a collision with another vehicle. Also, failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents.
One such accident this past weekend in the Florida panhandle left an Arkansas police chief fighting for his life. According to FOX 16 News, the crash occurred Friday night while the chief was vacationing in Panama City, Florida. Reports say that the man was passing through an intersection on his motorcycle when another vehicle failed to stop for a red light and collided with him. The vehicle responsible for causing the crash then sped away, leaving the man in the street.
Witnesses called for help and rescue crews were able to take the man to Bay City Memorial Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
The driver was eventually caught and arrested by Panama City Police. Police have not announced what kind of charges the driver may be facing.
The Arkansas Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt and Sexton ask that drivers be more aware of their surroundings and other vehicles on the road, as the warming weather will bring more motorcycles to the roadway. Another way to avoid a collision with a bike is to eliminate loud noises in your car. This will allow you to hear any motorcycles in your vicinity.