Motorcyclist Involved in Fatal Crash on Germann Road
A man was killed in Chandler, Arizona when his motorcycle hit another vehicle. According to Chandler Police, a silver Ford traveling south on Cooper Road turned left on a flashing turn arrow at Germann Road in front of the motorcyclist causing the motorcyclist to hit the passenger side of the Ford. Chandler Police Spokesman Joseph Favazzo said it appeared that the motorcyclist laid his bike down prior to hitting the car. The driver of the Ford, a female who did not have a driver’s license, was not injured. The motorcyclist, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), in 2009, motorcyclist fatalities decreased by 16% in the United States and in 2010, decreased by 3%. The states that saw a decrease in motorcyclist fatalities cited several explanations for the change: (1) Campaigns educating riders about motorcycle safety; (2) Increase in motorcycle training; (3) Decrease in beginning riders; (4) Decrease in motorcycle travel due to cold and rainy weather; and (5) New legislation increasing penalties for those riding without “motorcycle endorsement.” The states that saw an increase in motorcyclist fatalities cited, among other things, a nearly 16% decline in the use of motorcycle helmets.
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