TOLEDO, Ohio; A 38-year-old was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday night in Crawford County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Alex Lawrence, 38, of Bucyrus, Ohio, was operating a 1986 Honda motorcycle on S.R. 103, east of the Village of New Washington, a news release stated. The Bucyrus Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that at about 5:59 p.m. Lawrence traveled off the right side of the road, causing the motorcycle to overturn and hit a utility pole. Lawrence was not wearing a helmet and pronounced dead at the scene by a Crawford County coroner The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, New Washington Police Department, New Washington Fire and EMS and Life First EMS assisted on scene. Alcohol is believed to be a factor and the crash remains under investigation.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Motorcycle riding can be inherently dangerous. In this accident where alcohol may have been a factor, remind yourself of commonsense safety measures. When riding a motorcycle safety must be the number one concern. Any minor lapse in judgement, or a minor collision from another vehicle can affect the rider of the motorcycle disproportionately almost every time. Due to the exposure of the rider, the lack of collision impact features, and the relative weight differential, riders in an accident face risks that persons in auto accidents do not experience. Therefore, safety must be taken with the utmost importance. Some of these tips may help.
- Always wear a helmet. They have been shown to reduce motorcycle crash deaths by 37% and head injuries by 69%.
- Take a motorcycle safety course. It is always good to learn the rules of the road and the special driving skills needed to operate your motorcycle safely. The State of Ohio and many local motorcycle shops offer skills courses for riders.
- Be extra observant for road signs, and road conditions. Especially in the spring when potholes and other road debris have not yet been attended to.
- Assume other drivers on the road cannot see you riding your motorcycle. Driving with extra attention to the fact that other drivers may not see you allows you more time to react in a situation where another driver may cut you off in traffic, or pull out in front of you.
- Drive the speed limit, and obey all traffic rules and laws.
- Never ride your motorcycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Never ride your motorcycle while distracted by your phone or other device.
- Take breaks from riding if tired so that you can remain alert and attentive to the road.
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Even when following the above safety tips accidents still happen. An accident can occur when you do everything right and another driver causes significant harm to you when you are riding your motorcycle. If you have been in an accident while riding and you were injured it is important to protect your rights. Don’t settle with what your insurance company or another parties insurance company may tell you what your accident was about. Call one of our Attorneys and let them evaluate your case to help you through what may be a most difficult time. Charles Boyk is experienced in motorcycle accident cases and is here to help you if need him.