Typically when someone thinks of a traffic accident they think of a vehicular accident, such as the involvement of a car or truck. However, motorcycle accidents can be equally as dangerous - and even fatal. Motorcycle accident can be considered to be more dangerous because of several factors. One of these factors is the mere fact of the operation of a motorcycle; having to rely on balancing on two wheels for a distant can be dangerous because an impact can throw the weight distribution off, unlike cars that rely on an equal distribution of weight on four wheels. Another factor is the lack of material protection that motorcyclists have. Unlike a car that has an airbag, secured seatbelt, and doors, motorcycles expose the driver by not providing any protection in the event of an accident.
Motorcycle accidents involving serious injuries or deaths can be emotionally difficult and saddening. Even more, traffic accidents involving the death of a Police Officer has an ever greater effect on society.
A Terrible Accident
According to officials with the city of Fort Worth, Michael Valdez, a 14-year veteran Police Officer with the Fort Worth Police Department, along with his wife Mary Ann Valdez, died after being in a motorcycle crash at around 2:15 in the morning. The exact cause of the accident has not been disclosed at this time.
The accident occurred close to the Fort Worth Cultural District, and the couple was transported to nearby Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital. Michael Valdez was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and his wife Mary Ann Valdez died shortly after arriving to the hospital. The couple had four children aged between 15 and 23. According to reports, the couple will be transported to San Antonio for a joint funeral service.
What Are Ways to Stay Safe While Riding a Motorcycle?
Although riding a motorcycle can be fun and exciting, it is important to remember that there are increased dangers for serious injuries if hit in an accident. Several ways that someone can stay safe while riding a motorcycle includes:
Wearing a Helmet
This is something that is very simple to do, yet many avoid doing. A motorcycle helmet can protect one of the most important parts of the human body: the brain. Damage to the brain can be very dangerous, and severe impacts to the head can lead to serious medical consequences.
Avoid Driving During the Night
Due to the fact that a motorcycle is smaller than vehicles and that the tail lights and headlights can have a smaller distant of light, it is suggested for motorcyclists to take safety precautions when driving during the night. For example, due to a decrease in visibility because of a decrease in light, a motorcycle that is on the blind side of a vehicle can become impacted when the vehicle is changing lanes. However, if choosing to ride in the night, make sure to wear a helmet and be seen by others.
As with any other vehicle, it is important for motorcyclists to maintain safety measures when riding a motorcycle, which includes:
- Not speeding
- Using turn signals
- Changing lanes properly
- Being aware of other drivers
- Braking ahead of time
By following these and many other safety tips, a motorcyclist can avoid being in a serious - or fatal - motorcycle accident.