It’s easy to dismiss a motorcycle accident as a rare occurrence. That is, until one happens right around the corner. That’s why the recent fatal bike crash on I-696 in Southfield is such a potent reminder of motorcycle safety to everyone on the road.
The Motorcycle Accident
In the evening of Sunday, September 18, 2014, eastbound I-696 freeway shut down so the police could investigate a fatal motorcycle crash. 27 year old Basam Issa was fleeing a police officer, crossing from one shoulder to the other, when he ran into the back of a Chevy Silverado pickup truck. The accident happened near the Evergreen Rd. entrance, just around the corner from the Christensen Law building.
The motorcycle rider was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. That was in spite of his helmet and motorcycle endorsement. Luckily, the pickup driver was not hurt.
How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
It’s impossible to avoid every motorcycle accident. But as a driver, especially of a large vehicle, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk.
- Double Check Your Blind Spots. Big cars have big blind spots, and bikes can easily slip in unnoticed. Take a second look before changing lanes to reduce the risk of a side-swiping accident.
- Keep Your Distance. Motorcycles may be small, but that doesn’t mean they can stop on a dime. Give yourself enough time to react if the rider makes a sudden change.
- Give Motorcycles the Lane. Motorcycles may not take up the full lane, but often they need the extra space to avoid gravel and other hazards that may not affect a car. When passing a motorcycle, give it the full lane. Don’t try to squeeze by.
Motorcyclists can take steps to avoid accidents, including not fleeing from the police. But as a driver on a shared road it’s important to treat riders with respect.
Bike accidents can involve very serious injuries, or even death like the one on I-696. If a bike crash has hit close to home for you make sure you have a top team to help you get the recovery you deserve. Contact the no-fault experts at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan today for a free consultation.