Feature Story                                                           Monday, Oct. 31, 2016


Motorcycle Slams into SUV

Rider seriously injured in crash

Staff/Voice photos


A motorcycle lies crushed under the front end of an SUV last Wednesday.


here was a light sprinkling of rain and roads were slick around noon last Wednesday, when a motorcycle ploughed into an SUV on Hodgins Ave., leaving the rider seriously injured.


It's not clear how the accident happened. The motorcycle was crushed so badly, it was impossible to tell what kind of bike it was.


Someone hung the riders helmet on the back end of the bike. Inside the vehicle, an elderly man sat stunned.


Whenever there's an accident of this nature, firefighters are always called to assist paramedics getting the injured person onto a stretcher.


To the rider's benefit, the mishap took place half a block from Chilliwack General Hospital.


BCAS paramedics wheel the injured rider into a waiting ambulance.


According to ICBC, 6 riders a day are injured in BC throughout July and August and 80 per cent of those involve vehicles. See the stats below.


BC Statistics:

• In the Lower Mainland, on average, 180 motorcyclists are injured and three are killed in crashes in July and August every year.

• On Vancouver Island, on average, 70 motorcyclists are injured and two are killed in crashes in July and August every year.

• In the Southern Interior, on average, 80 motorcyclists are injured and six are killed in crashes in July and August every year.

• In the North Central region, on average, 20 motorcyclists are injured and three are killed in crashes in July and August every year.

• On average, 350 motorcyclists are injured and 13 are killed in car crashes in July and August every year in B.C.


Tips for drivers:

• Watch carefully for motorcycles as they're harder to see at dusk, at night, in heavy traffic and bad weather.

• Look twice for motorcycles at intersections and be ready to yield the right-of-way when turning left.

• Give lots of space when passing a motorcycle and allow at least three seconds following distance when you're behind a motorcycle.

• Make eye contact whenever possible to let motorcyclists know that you've seen them.

Tips for riders:

• Protect yourself from serious injury by always wearing safety gear designed for riding and a helmet that meets DOT, Snell M2005, M2010, M2015 or ECE safety standards.

• Choose gear that gives you the best chance of being seen—bright colours and reflective materials. Do your best to stay out of drivers' blind spots.

• Prior to reaching a curve, plan your path through it. Reduce your speed and adjust your lane position. Always look in the direction you want to go.

• Read other drivers' language—never assume they've seen you or will give you the right of way. They may not accurately judge your distance or speed of approach.

• When approaching an intersection, adjust your lane position and reduce your speed so you'll have time to stop if you need to.

Get more tips for drivers and riders on www.icbc.com.



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