On May 17, Idaho State Police had to investigate a crash at the intersection on Highway 50, just outside of Hansen. Christopher Park was driving west on Highway 50 on his motorcycle -a 2011 Honda. Adrian Hurtado was southbound on 3800 North in his new pickup. Hurtado didn’t yield to Park, as he was supposed to. Park’s motorcycle hit the right rear of the pickup. Both Park and his passenger, Cindy Tenorio, were transported by ambulance to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls. Fortunately, Park was released after emergency room treatment. Tenorio was worse off. She was admitted but in stable condition. Still, the collision and its aftermath blocked Highway 50 for more than two hours.
This collision illustrates the danger that motorcyclists face. Cars don’t see you. And, even though motorcycles travel as fast or faster than a typical car, they obviously lack safety features such as seatbelts or an exterior frame to absorb the force of a crash. Additionally, the simple fact of being on two wheels rather than four reduces your stability on the road.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Before you hit the road, the best thing you can do is learn how to protect yourself. Take a motorcycle safety course. Idaho Skills Training for Advanced Riders (STARs) training is associated with a 79 percent reduced crash risk and an 89 percent reduced risk of a fatal motorcycle crash. Classes are taught by certified instructors and cover topics such as braking skills, cornering skills and precision riding. All licensed riders in Idaho have to take the basic certification course but there is lots more to learn.
You also can help protect yourself by wearing the appropriate safety gear. In the collision both Park and Tenorio were wearing helmets. Had they not been wearing helmets, their injuries likely would have been much more serious- maybe fatal.
Aside from wearing a helmet, choose clothing that offers some protection in the event of a crash. Wearing shorts and flip flops while operating a motorcycle is very dangerous. There is a reason riders wear leather. Wear leather gear that covers your arms and legs, so you’ll be at least somewhat protected if you end up sliding along the road’s surface. Choose sturdy shoes with rugged soles that will protect your feet from accidental burns if you come too close to the bike’s engine and exhaust system.
When you’re on the road, avoid distractions such as fiddling with your phone or iPod. Taking your hands off your bike greatly compromises your steering, accelerating, braking and shifting ability. Being able to respond quickly is essential to keeping you safe, especially when you consider that motorcycles just aren’t seen by drivers of large cars or SUVs. NO matter how mush we promote Look, Twice Save a Life, you have to assume they just don’t see you.
Protecting Your Legal Rights
Of course, accidents sometimes happen no matter how many safety precautions you take. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, contacting a personal injury attorney can help protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Holzer Edwards are dedicated to helping families receive the compensation they deserve. Please give us a call today at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.