There have bee three deadly motorcycle accidents so far this year in Nebraska. Statistics show that 20 people lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in 2014 and there were 14 fatalities in 2013. Nebraska State Patrol Trooper James Estwick says warmer weather means more motorcycles on the road and he reminds them to do their part to avoid accidents.
Trooper Estwick says, “Just like the motoring public there is a speed limit on the roads so we ask motorcyclists to obey the speed limit. Roads are still filled with materials from wintertime so if you are on your motorcycle there is still a lot of sand and gravel. Take extra caution when you come to intersections, when you are turning corners and on the roadway period.” He adds the state’s motorcycle law is still in effect and riders and passengers are required to wear a DOT approved helmet.
Motorcycles have a much smaller profile and are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or easily missed in one quick look. Trooper Estwick says, “Drivers need to physically turn their head to look over your shoulder to make sure no one is in your blind spot. Do it two or three times just to make sure our motorcyclists are safe in Nebraska.” He says this should be done when changing lanes, at intersections or cresting a hill.