Motorcycle Accidents Leave 2 Dead in Oregon
On August 9, two separate motorcycle accidents occurred in Central Oregon, one in Bend and the other near Redmond. The accidents killed both motorcycle riders. No one else was hurt in the first crash, but two people did receive minor injuries as a result of the second accident.
Speed Was a Factor
According to KTVZ, the first accident occurred on NE 27th Street. The motorcyclist hit the back of a Ford truck at a stoplight and the rider was pinned under the truck. He was already dead when police officers arrived. A police officer has stated that speed was a factor in the crash and that the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. The driver of the truck was not injured.
The second motorcycle accident occurred on Highway 126. The motorcyclist, identified as 48-year-old Gary Gerig, was riding with a group of other riders when unexpectedly he went into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a Cadillac. Gerig was wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Cadillac, and his wife, received minor injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital. They were both wearing their seatbelts.
Motorcycle Accident Facts
Information below was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- 4,502 people died in 2010 as a result of motorcycle crashes.
- Motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55% since 2000.
- Helmets are estimated to prevent 37 percent of crash deaths among motorcycle riders and 41 percent of crash deaths for motorcycle passengers.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Information below provided by the CDC.
- Always wear a DOT-approved helmet.
- Never ride a motorcycle after drinking, and also stop friends that have been drinking from driving.
- Wear protective clothing and bright colors so other drivers can easily see you.
- Avoid tailgating.
- Always follow the speed limit and use caution when driving over slippery surfaces.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
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Because we understand that being injured in a motorcycle accident causes lifetime pain and suffering, we put constant pressure on the insurance company and driver involved to ensure you receive the maximum monetary compensation you deserve. If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.