Excessive Speed As A Factor In Motorcycle Accidents

In the November 24, 2015 post, titled “NHTSA Statistics Regarding 2014 & 2015 Traffic Deaths,” various statistics and findings regarding fatal traffic accidents are discussed.  Some of the findings are specific to fatal motorcycle accidents.

However, there are factors that are constant among fatal traffic accidents involving any type of vehicle.  As discussed in that post, drunk driving, distracted driving, and “drowsy driving” are common factors underlying a significant percentage of fatal traffic accidents.

One of the other factors highlighted in the NHTSA statistics is that of (excessive) speed as a factor in accidents.  As stated in the NHTSA press release, “… speeding was a factor in more than one in four deaths.”

As discussed in various parts of this site, speeding is a common contributing factor for motorcycle accidents.  Many Illinois motorcycle accidents – including those fatal – have been discussed on this site in which excessive speed was a primary or contributing factor to crashes resulting in injuries.  Excessive speed is a particularly problematical issue for motorcyclists as it can lead to loss of control of the motorcycle, especially in situations in which unexpected conditions arise, such as a sharp turn in the roadway or an unexpected road hazard.

While motorcycle riding has diminished in Illinois over the winter months, a recent fatal motorcycle accident in Missouri involved high speed riding.  The motorcycle accident happened Monday (December 14, 2015) in St. Louis.  The motorcyclist was identified as Jason Tang, 22, of St. Louis.  The accident is discussed in various sources, including the December 15, 2015 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article titled “Motorcyclist killed in St. Louis crash is identified” as well as the December 15 ksdk.com article (with video) titled “Motorcyclist in fatal crash ID’d.”

An excerpt from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article:

The crash happened at about 1:55 p.m. Monday. Police say Tang was heading south at a high rate of speed on Gravois, approaching the intersection with Nagel.

A woman, 31, in a vehicle had stopped at the stop sign on Nagel at Gravois. When she pulled into the intersection, the motorcycle hit the side of her vehicle, police say.

Tang was declared dead at the accident scene.  The driver of the vehicle was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.

The accident investigation is ongoing.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this motorcycle accident can be seen in various media sources, including those two sources mentioned above.


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