Motorcycle riders concentrate on seeing road hazards as a matter of course, but it is vitally important that bikers be seen by motorists as well. One way to become more visible is to wear bright colors, or at least a brightly colored vest or helmet. Many bikers, however, like to dress entirely in black, which of course makes them difficult for drivers to see, especially at night or in bad weather. However, there are ways for all motorcycle riders to become more visible, color preferences aside.
A freak truck accident resulted in the death of a North Carolina teenager on March 30 in Wilmington. The 17-year-old was sitting in the back of a pickup truck attempting to hold down a mattress that was leaning against the roof of the truck cab when the accident occurred. Suddenly a gust of wind blew him and the mattress out of the back of the pickup truck on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. The teen suffered head trauma from the fall, resulting in his death.
When a motorcyclist is involved in a collision, he or she lacks the protection that an automobile offers to its passengers. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motorcyclist is 37 times more likely to die in a vehicle crash than a person in a passenger vehicle is.