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Old Yesterday, 01:15 PM   #1
ArmyStrong OP
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Soldier on GS recently died in crash

Not sure this is the right forum (only one I go to) but I get notices when soldiers die in accidental deaths. Active Army has had 30 deaths this year (up 4 from same time last year).

Recent one was on a BMW GS. Not his fault and wearing all safety gear.

Anyway, as part of Armys Campaign on MC Safety they have these common sense tips all of you know, but its well written and perhaps handy for you to share with new family/friends learning to ride.

* As this Preliminary Loss Report demonstrates it only takes a few seconds to lose a life riding even when you're NOT at fault. Learning and adapting defensive driving techniques can reduce the risk of a crash.

* Knowing when collisions involving motorcycles are most likely to occur can help you drive safely in dangerous situations. Here are some facts:

* Left Turns - Nationally, the most common crash between cars and motorcycles is at an intersection when the automobile driver is making a left turn in front of a motorcycle. In 2008, there were 2,554 two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle. Riders should slow as they approach a intersection to be defensive.

* Blind Spots - Motorcycles riding alongside a lane of cars are often out of view of the driver. An unsuspecting driver may collide with a motorcycle as the driver tries to change lanes.

* Hazardous Road Conditions - Motorcycles have to be very concerned about road obstructions such as potholes, gravel, sand and fallen tree limbs. Railroad tracks may be a minor problem for drivers, but a motorcyclist may have to slow down or change lanes to avoid these obstacles.

* The Labor Day Weekend marks the last long weekend of the summer for motorcyclists to ride on extended trips. As a leader do I know who my motorcyclists are and if they will be safely riding this holiday? Have I cared enough to have checked in with my troops and let them know we need them safely back at work after the holiday?

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Old Today, 08:34 AM   #2
tessalino
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Can you provide the specifics of the crash? It says the soldier was not at fault and wearing all gear. Exactly what happened? (For the sake of this newbe who is trying to learn all he can re such things.)

BTW, if I were to take everything I learned in MSF class literally, and also implement everything I read on this forum (especially the thread re what noobs should know), I think it would take at least three riders on the same bike.

But that's just me.
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