In response to the recent number of fatal motorcycle accidents throughout the county, the Windsor Police Service has launched a new motorcycle safety initiative.
For the next two weeks, police will be posting safety messages on Facebook and Twitter encouraging safe riding and driving by all motorists. You can join in the conversation by using #Ridesafe.
Despite several recent high-profile accidents, Windsor police noted in a Friday press conference that there has not been an increase in accidents in the city. Each year, the city’s police force deals with an average of two life-threatening or fatal motorcycle accidents. So far, this year is on pace with that number.
What is unique about this year, however, is that both accidents happened on the same day. On July 15, one motorcyclist was killed and another suffered life-threatening injuries in separate accidents.
There have also been a series of fatal accidents throughout the county, including three accidents that killed four riders. Ontario Provincial Police has stated that this could be the deadliest summer for motorcyclists in the province in the last five years.
At the press conference, police focused on the fact most accidents have been preventable in some way. They noted that everyone has a responsibility to drive safely and share the road, even motorcyclists.
Officers recommended that motorcyclists:
- Avoid accelerating and changing lanes too quickly
- Wear protective gear
- Keep their head up and remain focused
- Ride defensively
- Avoid riding in vehicles’ blind spots
- Take a safety course and start out with the right size bike
At Greg Monforton & Partners, our experienced team of Windsor motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of the injured. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident, do not hesitate to contact us for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your legal options.