Two fatal single-vehicle motorcycle accidents and one non-fatal accident occurrd over the weekend. All three accidents did not involve any other vehicles and each was a result of the driver going off the road in a sharp curve and losing control.
On Sunday, June 26, around 10:24 a.m., Stephen Nashif II, 22, of Franklin was riding his 2001 Yamaha motorcycle on Old Murphy Road. Kristi Lynn Herring, 23, also of Franklin, was a passenger. According to Trooper Jeff Pruett, Nashif went off the right side of the road in a sharp curve and the motorcycle overturned and collided with a mailbox and a tree. Herring was pronounced dead on the scene and Nashif was airlifted to Mission hospital with serious injuries. As of press time he was recovering.
The second fatal accident occurred on Highway 19 on Monday, June 27, at approximately 12:12pm. Trooper Padgett reported that Ronald Lee Hardee, 68, from Alabama, was “traveling east on a 2009 Yamaha when he entered a curve, ran off the roadway, hit an embankment and was ejected from the motorcycle.”
The third motorcycle accident occurred on June 26 around 12:17pm when Lawrence Schoenfield, 70, of Florida, was traveling southwest on Highway 64 when he lost control of his bike in a curve. Trooper Padgett said the motorcycle fell on its left side and struck a ditch. Schoenfield was taken to Highlands/Cashiers Hospital.
Safety tips for smmer motorcyclists
The summer season sees many more motorcyclists on the road than other times of years. Drivers should be aware of this and ready to share the road, but motorcycle riders should also practice safe riding strategies. The following is a list of quick tips published by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
General Guidelines For Riding A Motorcycle Safely
• Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time.
• Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night.
• Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle.
• Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have.
• Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.
• If a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your horn.
Dress for safety.
• Wear a quality helmet and eye protection.
• Wear bright clothing and a light-colored helmet.
• Wear leather or other thick, protective clothing.
• Choose long sleeves and pants, over-the ankle boots, and gloves.
• Remember – the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear.
Apply effective mental strategies.
• Constantly search the road for changing conditions.
• Give yourself space and time to respond to other motorists’ actions.
• Give other motorists time and space to respond to you.
• Use lane positioning to be seen; ride in the partof a lane where you are most visible.
• Watch for turning vehicles.
• Signal your next move in advance.
• Avoid weaving between lanes.
• Pretend you’re invisible, and ride extra defensively.
• Don't ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
• Know and follow the rules of the road, and stick to the speed limit.
Know your bike and how to use it.
• Get formal training and take refresher courses.
• Practice. Develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic.
Know how to handle your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces.
Remember: Give yourself space. People driving cars often just don’t see motorcycles. Even when drivers do see you, chances are they’ve never been on a motorcycle and can’t properly judge your speed.
About MSF: The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, researchbased, Rider Education and Training System (MSF RETS). For more information, go to http://online2.msf-usa.org/