One good thing to come out Ryan Chesley’s motorcycle accident in Las Vegas was that he had the chance to take a selfie with retired boxer Mike Tyson.
Tyson came to the rescue of the injured motorcyclist who had crashed on Interstate 15. He had gone down after a taxi cut him off, reported the Associated Press (9.22.14).
According to the AP, the biker was on the ground when he looked up and recognized Tyson. The heavyweight was yelling at people not to touch Chesley. The biker suffered broken bones and torn ligaments in the accident, however, he snapped a cellphone picture of the heavyweight boxer with his functioning right hand.
All too frequently car drivers are not looking out for motorcyclists. Drivers of cars who hit or cut off motorcyclists cause many motorcycle injury accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2012, an increase of 7 percent over the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011. There were 93,000 motorcycle accident injuries among motorcyclists. This number of rider injuries was an increase of 15 percent from the 82,000 injuries in 2011. While motorcycles make up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles, they were about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 5 times more likely to be injured.
A recent study by the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research found that in collisions involving a motorcycle and a car, car drivers were at fault 60 percent of the time, said Consumer Reports (4.2013)
Motorcyclists can do more to protect themselves and reduce their chances of being hit or cut off by a car.
Some precautions are:
Use reflective strips or decals on clothing and on the motorcycle.
Be aware of the blind spots other vehicles have.
Flash the motorcycle brake light when slowing down and before stopping.
Watch for road hazards
Constantly search the road for changing conditions.
Make sure there is enough space and time to respond to other motorists’ actions.
Ride in the part of a lane where the motorcycle is most visible.
Watch for turning vehicles.
Avoid bad weather.
Know and follow the rules of the road, and adhere to the speed limit.
Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions a motorcycle rider may take, accidents still happen. Those injured in a motorcycle accident should not hesitate to contact a lawyer with experience in handling motorcycle accident lawsuits.
Heavyweight boxer Tyson received a fruit basket and thank-you note from Chesley, the AP reported.
The Associated Press news story cited is “Mike Tyson aids motorcyclist after Vegas crash.”