COLLINSVILLE, IL- The riverbender.com reports that a motorcyclist was killed in an accident on Interstate 55 on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. The victim was identified as a 52-year-old manfrom Arkansas. The motorcyclist was riding a 2015 Suzuki motorcycle.
The motorcyclist was reportedly traveling south on I-55 near milepost 6 when “traffic came to an abrupt stop.” The motorcyclist attempted to swerve but hit the back of a passenger vehicle. The victim was thrownfrom the motorcycle.
The motorcyclist was transported to St. Louis University Hospital via airlift where he was declared dead.
The authorities are still investigating the crash. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Motorcycles off riders far less protection than is offered by passenger vehicles. In addition to the lack of an outside protective barrier, motorcyclists are smaller than other vehicles and can be overlookedby drivers of cars, trucks, andSUVs. Motorcyclists are therefore extremely vulnerable on the roadways. The risk of a motorcyclist dying about 29 times greater than the risk to people traveling in passenger vehicles. In 2016, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safetyreports that 4,976 motorcyclists were killedon US roadways.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reminds motoriststo share the road with all vehicle types and to stay alert. Motorcyclists are urged to use helmets approved by the Department of Transportation, to stay sober and make themselves visible to other drivers.
It is also important that motorcyclists have the proper license for their vehicle and have undergone training to learn how to operate their vehicles safely.
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