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Tragic highway accident kills San Jose motorcyclist

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Even on the best driving days, with clear visibility for miles and very little traffic, riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. Obstacles and poor driving conditions that cars can often easily and safely overcome pose a greater risk to motorcyclists. Motorcycle accidents can take lives in an instant, leaving surviving family members and friends grieving.

One family is grieving for the loss of a father in a tragic highway accident. The man was riding a motorcycle on the road when a tractor attempted to make a left turn. The tractor driver did not see the man on the motorcycle, and the motorcyclist attempted to swerve around the tractor. Unfortunately, the attempt was unsuccessful. The motorcycle caught on the tractor wheel, causing the motorcyclist to be thrown from the bike, which resulted in fatal injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, and no one else was injured.

The lack of a protective frame and other safety mechanisms, such as air bags, make riding motorcycles dangerous in the event of a crash. While many states have laws that require motorcyclists to wear helmets to prevent serious brain injury in the event of an accident, the rest of a motorcyclist's body is left unprotected, and accident victims are susceptible to serious bodily injuries.

Motorcycles are also more difficult for other drivers to see on the road, especially for vehicles attempting to make a turn at an intersection. The majority of motorcycle-car collisions-70 percent-occur at intersections. The issue of visibility becomes worse when outside factors, such as the time of day and the weather conditions, come into play.

Source: MercuryNews.com, "San Jose native killed Byron motorcycle crash remembered as father and friend," Daniel M. Jimenez, Nov. 6, 2012

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