Whether a rider has just learned how to operate a motorcycle or has been riding for years, erratic or unsafe driving may increase the odds of an accident. However, riders who take the time to educate themselves about the dangers of being on a motorcycle may reduce their risk of being involved in a crash. Understanding how to evaluate road conditions and knowing how to be observant can help avoid common scenarios.
Nebraska motorcycle riders are frequently at risk for accidents because drivers do not accommodate them on busy streets and highways. Although bikers have a right to take up a full lane on roadways, individuals in other vehicles often do not look out for motorcyclists, which often leads to many accidents.
People across Nebraska enjoying riding motorcycles, but this pastime is not without its downsides. In addition to the risks associated with riding on these machines, there may also be safety recalls related to specific bikes. If a safety-related defect is not corrected, it can lead to a serious accident.
Nebraska residents may find it interesting that the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is moving forward in their efforts to enable vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies in lighter cars. The technology would essentially make it possible for cars to communicate with each other in the hopes of cutting down on vehicle accidents. Drivers would be able to provide information to other drivers, such as upcoming lane changes or inform about car accidents on the highway that could help to prevent imminent collisions.
Nebraska residents may know that whiplash is one of the injuries that could result after a crash. The injury occurs when the neck suddenly extends and flexes, causing a strain on the soft tissue of the neck. In some cases, discs, ligaments, intervertebral joints, nerve roots and cervical muscles could also be injured.
Local authorities report that an accident involving a motorcycle and an SUV in Lincoln shortly after 11 p.m. on July 29 has left a 21-year-old Lincoln woman, the passenger on the motorcycle, pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Bryan West Trauma Center in critical condition.
Around midnight on June 23, a fatal accident happened about 55 miles northeast of Lincoln along a stretch of Interstate 480 near downtown Omaha. According to Ohama police, a Lincoln SUV was traveling east in a westbound lane of the interstate and collided with the victim's 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle. Police said the motorcyclist later died at Nebraska Medical Center. The SUV driver, who fled the scene of the accident, has several traffic violations in recent years according to a local news source.
A serious motor vehicle accident in Nebraska left a motorcyclist in critical condition after his vehicle collided with a car at an intersection. The wreck occurred at an intersection that has a stop sign for the northbound and southbound traffic, but no stop sign for traffic traveling east or west.