Speed plays deadly role in Philadelphia motorcycle crashes

When you are behind the wheel of a vehicle, you hold a lot of power in your hands. A vehicle is literally a ton of metal that can move at high speeds. Drivers in Philadelphia should always take precautions to avoid a car crash, such as obeying traffic laws and respecting speed limits. This extends to people who operate motorcycles as well, and recent data shows some people are engaging in reckless behavior on the roads.

Over the last five years, there have been 218 fatal motorcycle crashes on the highway in the five-county region around Philadelphia. According to PennDot, nearly half of the incidents involved a speeding driver. Local law enforcement note that cyclists who travel at high speeds are a threat on the road.

In one Internet video, a rider strapped a camera to the dash of his Suzuki motorcycle to record his nighttime trip. His bike, which tops out at 186 miles per hour, reached its speed limit as the driver sped over Interstate 95 and into New Jersey. The speed limits of the roads he traveled ranged from 55 miles per hour to 65 miles per hour. He also traversed uneven and broken roads at high speeds and weaved in and out of other vehicles.

The 218 fatal motorcycle crashes in the Philadelphia area have resulted in the deaths of 220 people. When a driver is negligent, whether they are in a car, truck or motorcycle, they may be held responsible for property damage, injury or even death. It is important that victims of car accidents pursue their right to compensation, which can secure the funding they need for medical expenses, or, in some cases, funeral expenses. An attorney can help an individual or grieving family put together a wrongful death claim.

Source: NBC 10 Philadelphia, “Steer Clear: Motorcyclist Clocked at 186MPH on I-95, Turnpikes,” Vince Lattanzio, Nov. 29, 2013

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