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Motorcycle safety classes can cut down on accidents

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The sunny weather we’ve been enjoying draws motorcyclists out to the streets. But with more bikes on the road, there are bound to be more accidents in Findlay, Toledo, and throughout northwest Ohio.

Two accidents occurred in northwest Ohio on Sunday. In Hancock County, near Arlington, Ohio, Perry Fletcher was riding his motorcycle on Madison Township Road 177 when a minivan backed out of a driveway into his path, according to the Toledo Blade. Mr. Fletcher died from injuries he suffered after he had to lay the bike down in an effort to avoid the collision. He was lifeflighted to a Lima hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

In Toledo, a motorcyclist died after racing on the Anthony Wayne Trail at speeds estimated up to 100 mph. The rider became tangled with another biker who also was racing down the road, according to The Blade.

Obviously, you’re just asking for trouble if you ride a motorcycle – on a main city street – at speeds anywhere near 100 mph. But riding a bike is always dangerous, which is why most motorcyclists learn to be defensive drivers. Our office encourages motorcyclists to take a safety course, such as the one that’s offered at Owens Community College. The classes offer tips on how to avoid accidents and teaches riding skills that can keep bikers out of trouble.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.