Motorcyclist Killed While Speeding, Highlights Importance of Rider Safety | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A man by the name of Marcus Raheem Williams was killed while riding his motorcycle on I-264 along the 600 block of Chesapeake Blvd. Investigators discovered Williams was speeding, according to The Virginian Pilot.

Our deepest condolences go out to Marcus’ family and friends. It’s never easy losing a loved one.

However, we have an opportunity to learn from this tragedy and highlight the importance of motorcycle safety. Over four million people are registered motorcyclists in the United States and it’s a highly enjoyable form of transportation, according to the NHTSA. Nevertheless, you have to exercise responsibility when riding a motorbike and speeding is never the right course of action.

A motorcyclist should attend a rider-training course to learn basic safety techniques. Operating a motorcycle is very different from operating a car, and you’re at a much higher risk for injury if even the slightest error occurs. In 2002, 20.9 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes while for motorcycles, it was 66.7 per 100,000. This means you’re 209 percent more likely to be in a fatal crash on a motorcycle.

So if you own a motorbike, follow these safety guidelines to help ensure you have a fun and safe ride…

·Wear a helmet

·Check gears, fluids, lights, etc. prior to taking your bike out on the road

·Wear bright clothing to help others on the road see you

·Maintain adequate space between vehicles

·Always follow the speed limit

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