Motorcycle deaths, crashes on rise in Windsor
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An 18-year old Windsor man died after his motorcycle collided with a cement truck last year. It was the city’s only motorcycle fatality in 2011. (CBC)

Motorcycle crashes seem to be on the rise in Windsor this year.

Statistics provided by the Windsor Police Service show there were 30 collisions involving motorcycles through July 25 this year. There were 38 such collisions in all of 2011.

This year is shaping up to be the worst since 2008, when there were 44 collisions, 16 of them were injury collisions and one of them fatal. There have been two fatalities in Windsor this year.

A 52-year-old man died after he was thrown of his bike during a collision on E.C. Row in late June. A 32-year-old man died when he collided with a Transit Windsor bus earlier in June. Police said he was driving at a high rate of speed near College Avenue and Prince Road at the time of the crash.

The local statistics could be considered surprising given that all but eight of St. Clair College’s 32 motorcycle safety courses through August were or are full.

Approximately 1,000 bikers are in Windsor this weekend for a rally. Several checked in on bike safety Thursday.

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Doctors, Motorcyclists Express Importance of Helmet Safety
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Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death involving motorcycle crash victims. Advocates for tougher helmet laws said wearing the head gear not only saves lives but will also save taxpayers big bucks.

Dr. Kene Ugokwe, a neurosurgeon at St. Elizabeth Health Center, frequently works on patients involved in motorcycle crashes.

“Any time you get thrown at high speeds or a high velocity, the brain kind of rocks against the skull and causes the brain to get bruised, and a secondary result of that is brain swelling,” Ugokwe said.

The injuries can be deadly or life altering.

“There’s certain situations where people sustain injuries that they’re actually paralyzed and they never walk again,” he said.

However, advocates for mandatory helmet laws said things don’t have to be this way. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in 2010 alone, helmets saved the lives of more than 1,500 motorcycle riders.

Alice and James West are motorcyclists who feel wearing a helmet is essential when riding.

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