WEAR Channel 3 out of Pensacola reports that a Pensacola man is dead and a Pensacola woman in serious condition after their motorcycle crashed into a Corvette. The wreck happened at the corner of Jackson Street and 57th Avenue in Escambia County after 8 p.m. Friday. A 49-year-old male from Pensacola was headed south on Jackson Street driving a Honda Magna with a 57-year-old female as his passenger. Instead of stopping for traffic at the intersection of Jackson and 57th Street, they collided into the rear of a Corvette that was stopped for the traffic. The driver of the Corvette received minor injuries.
According to a recent study, rear-end accidents are one of the frequently occurring types of accidents, accounting for almost one-third of all reported accidents in the US (1.848 million) and 11.8% of multi-vehicle fatal accidents (1923). Rear-end accidents are the most common accident type at signalized intersections since the diversity of actions taken increases due to signal change. Specific causes of rear-end accidents include the following drivers’ inattentive driving and following too closely. A proper space cushion is needed to provide a driver enough reaction time to recognize a hazardous situation and make a stop decision. Typically, driver, vehicle, and roadway/environment characteristics influence accident occurrence and injury severity. Moreover, since a rear-end accident is related to both driving behaviors and performances of the leading (struck) vehicle and the following (striking) vehicle, the accident risk is possibly associated with struck or striking role that a driver or vehicle would assume in a rear-end accident.
According to NHTSA, more than 42% (1,998) of motorcyclists in 2011 were killed in two vehicle accident and 38% (757) of these were the result of another vehicle turning left in front of the motorcycle that was either going straight, passing or overtaking another vehicle. NHTSA claims that of all motorcycle deaths in 2011, 35% (1,614) were the direct result of the rider speeding. This according to its research and data is a substantially higher death toll than any other vehicle type on the roads – 22% for cars, 19 % for trucks and 8% for large trucks. Plus, based upon the average number of miles traveled by every type of vehicle on the road, in 2011 as a rider you were 30 times more likely than a passenger car occupant to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and five times more likely to be injured while out riding a motorcycle. Older motorcyclists (40 years and up) account for 75% of all motorcyclists’ deaths over this 10-year period.