As the weather gets warmer, Oregon State Police (OSP) urges motorists and motorcyclists to share the road to help prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries.

Injury Motorcycle-Involved Crash on Highway 213 south of Oregon City

On April 13, 2014 at approximately 5:35 p.m., a 1984 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling southbound on Highway 213 approaching S. Spangler Road, eight miles south of Oregon City, when a 2011 Ford sport utility vehicle was eastbound on S. Spangler Road and pulled across Highway 213 into the motorcyclist’s path. The motorcycle crashed into the left side of the sport utility vehicle, ejecting the cyclist from the motorcycle. The driver of the auto was cited by OSP for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device – Stop Sign.

Over half of all motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles that fail to see the bike, which tends to have a smaller profile than a four wheel vehicle. Drivers judge the speed and distance of a vehicle by its size, and tend to yield to larger vehicles.

It’s a matter of awareness. Although distracted drivers are largely at fault, statistics show that motorists who are also motorcyclists report seeing motorcycles all the time, while those who don’t ride living in the same area report only occasionally seeing motorcycles.

Drivers need to obey and follow traffic control devices, obey speed limits, avoid distractions and stay focused on the road.