Motorcycle Slams into SUV
seriously injured in crash
A motorcycle lies crushed under
the front end of an SUV last Wednesday.
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.
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
rider's benefit, the mishap took place half a block from Chilliwack
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
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
• In the North Central region, on average, 20 motorcyclists are
injured and three are killed in crashes in July and August every
• On average, 350 motorcyclists are injured and 13 are killed in
car crashes in July and August every year in B.C.
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
• 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
more tips for drivers and riders on
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