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Speed factor in fatal head-on crash involving motorcyclist

Posted on in Motorcycle Accidents

Many California residents own and enjoy riding motorcycles. Many motorcycle enthusiasts argue that is no better way to enjoy our region's mild climate and scenic byways than from the back of a motorcycle. While riding a motorcycle is often considered by many to be the ideal way to enjoy many of Santa Clara County's beautiful mountain and canyon roads, motorcycles can also be dangerous and result in riders being seriously injured and even killed.

First responders were recently called to the scene of a serious motorcycle accident in which the body of the motorcyclist was pinned between his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and an SUV. Unfortunately, the man's injuries were too numerous and serious and he was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

According to the police report, the fatal accident occurred as the motorcyclist was attempting to navigate a curvy and winding mountain road. Upon encountering a turn in the road, the motorcyclist appears to have been driving too fast. His motorcycle crossed the center line and into the direct path of an oncoming SUV. The two vehicles collided head-on. The force of the collision resulted in the motorcyclist being thrown from him Harley and pinned between the two vehicles.

This tragic accident serves as a reminder to California motorcyclists and motorists alike of the importance of slowing down while navigating winding mountain and canyon roads. In many cases, drivers exceed the posted speed limit on such roads. Unfortunately, these roads are unforgiving and one mistake may cost a driver or motorcyclist his or her life.

Source: Mercury News, "Santa Clara County: Motorcyclist killed in head-on crash on winding rural road," Eric Kurhi, June 5, 2013

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