IDAHO- Tetonvalleynews.net reports that an accident in Idaho killed a man from Illinois on Friday, August 31, 2018. The crash took place at about 5:18 p.m.
The victim, 57-year-old Gary McCord from Cortland, Illinois was on a Harley Davidson motorcycle and reportedly drove off of the road while rounding a curve. McCord was ejected in the accident. The motorcycle traveled down an embankment.
Reports indicate that McCord was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Emergency responders transported McCord to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where he later died of his injuries.
Motorcycles offer far less protection to riders than cars do to vehicle occupants. The exposed nature of motorcyclists in combination with the fact that other drivers often overlook motorcycles creates a situation where motorcyclists are far more likely to be killed in vehicle accidents than are people traveling in cars or other passenger vehicles. The chances of a motorcyclist dying are around 29 times higher than the chances for a vehicle occupant.
One of the most important ways for motorcyclists toincrease their safety is to wear a helmet. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found thathelmets reduce a motorcyclist’s risk of dying in a crash by 37 percent. Helmets provide even better protection against brain damage. The IIHS estimated that helmets were 67 percent effective in preventing brain damage. Helmets are not legally required in Illinois. Only three states in the country have no motorcycle helmet law in place. In Idaho, anyone under the age of 18 who is on a motorcycle is required to wear a helmet.
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