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.
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.
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.