A recent study published by The Hurt Report found that most motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers who fail to see the motorcyclists. The study’s findings suggest that this is the cause of more than 30 percent of all motorcycle accidents. The results also concluded that young riders between the ages of 16 and 24-years-old were overrepresented in these statistics.
A fatal motorcycle accident in Oklahoma City similar to the crashes in the study this past week has claimed the life of a young rider and left another seriously injured. According to KOCO News, a car pulling out in front of the bike caused the accident.
The crash happened on Mustang Road near the intersection with US 152. The two boys were riding a motorcycle when a car pulled out in front of them, causing a collision. The driver of the car claimed that he never saw the motorcycle coming. Both teens were taken to a local hospital where one died three days later and the other was left in a wheelchair.
The Hurt Report also found that the chances of these types of motorcycle crashes could be significantly reduced by utilizing motorcycle headlamps while riding as well as wearing high visibility colors.