As motorcycle season heats up, so does the danger
News from TriCities.com:

As motorcycle fatalities increase across the country and on local roads, an Abingdon, Virginia riding instructor believes riders should brush up on their skills to stay safe.

Dr. Pat Hunter, an instructor at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, said, “Being aware of one’s surroundings and always being prepared to deal with other drivers is critical to a motorcyclist’s safety.”

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that there has been an increase in motorcycle fatalities in recent years. The NHTSA reports that in 2012, 4,927 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes, a continued increase from 2011, when there were 4,630 fatalities. Those deaths accounted for 15 percent of the total highway fatalities that year, despite motorcycle registrations representing only 3 percent of all vehicles in the U.S. in 2012.

Injured motorcyclists have also increased. According to the NHTSA, there were 81,000 injuries in 2011 and 93,000 in 2012.

The NHTSA report stated that on a per vehicle mile basis, motorcyclists are more than 26 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, and five times more likely to be injured.

Virginia State Police reported that in 2012, there were 81 motorcycle crash deaths across the state, including thr…………… continues on TriCities.com

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No injuries in motorcycle/delivery truck collision
News from Northland’s NewsCenter:

By KBJR News 1

May 28, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 6:52 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)— A motorcyclist is lucky to walk away without a scrape following a collision with a Spee-Dee delivery truck this morning.

Police responded to the crash just after 11:30 this morning.

The motorcycle and the Speed-Dee delivery truck were both traveling east bound on Superior Street when police say the driver of the truck went to make a right turn and crossed over the double yellow line.

Police say the motorcycle driver assumed the delivery driver was turning left and went to pass him and broadsided the truck when it turned right.

No one was injured in the collision.

The motorcycle driver was cited for no motorcycle endorsement and no insurance.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com continues on Northland’s NewsCenter

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