Bill Beckwith, the co-host of HGTV’s home-improvement show “Curb Appeal,” died in a motorcycle crash on Monday, December 2, 2013. He was 38 years old.
HGTV’s Bill Beckwith was killed when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood, reported CBS News (12.3.13). The motorcycle accidentwas reported close to 8:30 p.m. near Oak and Steiner streets. Beckwith, a San Francisco resident, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. He was pronounced dead sometime later.
A police spokesperson said the 30-year-old driver of the other vehicle stayed at the scene. More details of the accident were unreported.
Beckwith co-hosted the half-hour HGTV home improvement show alongside John Gidding and Kimberly Lacy. He regularly appeared as a carpenter. Each episode of “Curb Appeal” featured a real house and homeowner. Guest experts spoke with the owner and then proposed projects to improve the home’s appearance. Then the crew gave the house a makeover.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) motorcyclists are more likely to be killed in crashes involving more than one vehicle with 55 percent killed in multi-vehicle crashes.
All drivers must safely share the road with motorcycles. This means drivers need to be extra careful and watch out for them. Many times, the driver of a car, truck or other large vehicle is at fault for the motorcycle accident. There are a lot more of these larger vehicles on the road than motorcycles and, many times, drivers do not see a motorcycle until it is too late. In an accident involving a car and a motorcycle, the car will win.
Motorcycles are small and can easily go unseen in a car’s blind spots or camouflaged by objects or backgrounds outside a car. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may also appear to be farther away than it really is. Given this, motorcyclists should help make themselves visible to other motorists..
Drivers of both cars and motorcycles need to be extra careful if the road is slippery. Their stopping distance is nearly the same for motorcycles as it is for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping more difficult.
Distracted driving has also been a cause of many motorcycle accidents. All drivers must focus their attention on the road, and minimize exposure to distractions such as eating, drinking, texting, or making phone calls while traveling on the road.