A motorcyclist was killed Tuesday afternoon in a recent Largo motorcycle crash and the motorcycle passenger received serious injuries. If you have read my prior posts, you can probably guess how this motorcycle crash occurred. Yet another accident, this time a motorcycle crash, caused by someone turning left at an intersection.
TBO.com reports that a motorcycle, driven by Jozef Beach, 51, was traveling west on Walsingham Road when the 2003 Saturn turned left in front of the cycle at its intersection with Vonn Road causing this motorcycle crash. Sadly, Mr. Beach was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger on the motorcycle, Amanda Leitkowski, received serious injuries.
According to CaliforniaBiker.org, one of the main causes of a motorcycle crash is an error from another driver on the road. Because motorcycles are so much smaller than other vehicles on the road, the chance that they may get lost in a driver’s blind spot are greatly multiplied. CaliforniaBiker.org notes that the most common accident configuration: the motorcycle going straight with the automobile turning left in front of the oncoming motorcycle – exactly how the Largo motorcycle crash occurred.
Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that per mile driven, motorcyclists are 32 times more likely to die in a motorcycle crash than a passenger car occupant. I end many of my blog articles with “ . . .watch out for those who don’t.” So, how can motorcyclists watch out for drivers that fail to drive safely so to prevent a motorcycle crash?
Because of car drivers’ inattentiveness of motorcycles, vigilance is the key to safety. CaliforniaBiker.org suggests that a rider should constantly monitor their surroundings. When near other vehicles, a motorcyclist should assume that other drivers cannot see them and ride accordingly. He or she should also analyze all other conditions with the mindset that a dangerous obstacle is just around every corner. Understanding and remembering all of these tips can go a long way in keeping any rider’s bike and life intact.
I am not saying that Mr. Beach was not being vigilant in this Largo motorcycle crash. By all reports, he did nothing wrong to cause this motorcycle accident. His death should serve as a reminder for all drivers and riders to be vigilant towards all vehicles on the road. Car drivers must be more vigilant when motorcycles are nearby. Failure to do so could cause a preventable motorcycle crash.
My prayers and thoughts go out to Mr. Beach’s family and Ms. Leitkowski. Everyone, watch out for motorcyclists!
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