Motorcycle crashes up this year

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

This year's mild Winter has caused many people to pull out their motorcycles a little earlier than usual, but that has also caused an increase in the amount of crashes involving motorcycles this year.

It's just now getting into motorcycle season at Wildcat Harley Davidson, but for many veteran riders bike season never stopped.

"We had no Winter at all. So we have been riding pretty much 12 months a year, so there are a lot more bikes out on the road," said Wildcat Harley Davidson General Manager Shane Richmond.

Because of that increase of riders on the road during what are usually colder months, officials are seeing an almost 70 percent increase in motorcycle crashes.

The number of injuries is up by 75 percent, and fatalities are up by almost 45 percent.

With even more motorcyclists hitting the road for the Spring, state police are encouraging all drivers to be even more cautious including keeping your distance and looking in your blind spot.

Motorcycle riders should also take safety courses and be aware of their surroundings.

"There's are a lot of coal trucks and a lot of rock trucks, so there's a lot of debris in the road. So that's a huge factor," said Richmond.

Both state police and Wildcat Harley Davidson offer safety courses. All motorcyclists are encouraged to take one.


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