A weekend of beautiful weather turned dangerous for motorcycle riders in the Tri-State after a record of five accidents, one fatal, headlined over the weekend.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars.
The crashes reported during the weekend posed a question of what riders can do to stay safe on two wheels when riding.
Sgt. Pete Combs with the Ohio State Highway Patrol provided FOX19 with several solutions.
Statistics show that 92 percent of motorcyclist involved in crashes were either self-taught or trained by family or friends.
training that you can get that would increase your ability to operate the
motorcycle in a safe manner would increase your chances of not being involved
in a crash and if you were involved in a crash perhaps being able to survive
the crash," said Sgt. Combs.
Combs also suggest that drivers should try to make themselves as visible as possible.
thing that a motorcyclist can do is to keep their headlights on. Headlights on
at all times to help make sure that the other motorists can see the motorcycle
coming," advised Sgt. Combs.
Another tip that Sgt. Combs recommends is wearing a helmet.
"Using a motorcycle helmet at all times would be probably the number one
most important thing that someone could do to increase their chances that if
they are involved in a crash they would survive," said Combs.
NHTSA says that wearing a helmet can reduce the likelihood of a crash fatality by 37 percent.
Each year, motorcycle crashes occur due to a variety of reasons, not limited to poor weather, defects in the roadway, or inexperienced motorists.
Sgt. Combs says that the biggest reason that crashes occurs are from common errors.
"Some of the accidents are the operator of the motorcycle....errors that
he's making," said Combs. "He's not observing traffic laws and some of the crashes are the
result of other vehicles perhaps not seeing the motorcycle as readily as they
would see a passenger car or a truck."
Sgt. Combs believes that motorcyclists can be safe if they drive responsibly and do not think they are above getting hurt in an accident.
"There's a feeling of invincibility especially with younger people when
they're on a motorcycle and I think the thing to point out about it is that is
all it is a feeling a not a reality," said Combs.