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Zero Motorcycles, a California (CA) based company that makes electric motorcycles, has issued a recall for their 2009 Zero X and MX brand motorcycles after three injuries were reported.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the electric motorcycles have a throttle that can become stuck in the open position or disconnect entirely. The defect can cause unexpected acceleration which may lead to serious injury or even death if a motorcycle accident occurs.
Zero Motorcycles is offering to send a new dashboard to any owner. The new dashboard has a mechanism which prevents a motorcycle to turn on if the bike's throttle is engaged which will prevent the bike from unexpected acceleration. Zero Motorcycles says the installation of the dashboard can be easily completed by any owner.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission urges anyone who owns a Zero X or MX brand motorcycle made between December 2008 and 2009 to discontinue use immediately until the faulty part can be corrected.
So far the three injuries reported have been non-life threatening, however, that may change if owners continue to drive the motorcycle. Thousands of motorcycle wrecks occur each year in the United States and the majority of these are single vehicle wrecks. This means that the driver either lost control or had engine problems with their motorcycle that led to an accident. Faulty parts like these which cause rapid acceleration could easily turn in to a deadly situation for drivers.
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Tyler Dean Smith, an 18 year old from Princeton, North Carolina (NC) died Saturday from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident.
North Carolina (NC) highway patrol trooper D.T. Sharte told reporters on Saturday that Tyler Dean Smith took his stepfather’s motorcycle out for a ride after having an argument with a friend in Princeton.
According to witness accounts, Smith was on Rains Mill Road at the time of the motorcycle accident. Highway patrol trooper D.T. Sharte has been able to determine that Smith was traveling 45 miles an hour when he went in to the oncoming lane and hit a minivan. No one in the minivan was injured but Smith died on the scene from the injuries he sustained in the motorcycle accident.
Tyler Dean Smith did not have a motorcycle license at the time of the accident and had not completed any motorcycle training courses required by the state of North Carolina (NC).
Sadly, motorcycle accidents have been on the rise in recent years, and accidents like the tragic one on Saturday that claimed a young life happen more then they should. A few drivers, especially teen drivers, take motorcycles out on the road without the proper state approved training. Unfortunately, this can end in disaster for the driver or other drivers on the road.
If you are thinking of purchasing a motorcycle, or currently own a motorcycle with a new driver in the house, it is extremely important that you get the required operating license through state training, even if you already know how to operate a motorcycle. Not only will the state training help you be better on the road and reduce your chance of accidents, but a motorcycle license is required by law. If you get stopped, you could be risking large fines and loss of vehicle.
William Schmitt was headed to work in Raleigh, North Carolina (NC) on his motorcycle when he crashed into a van, causing him critical injuries.
William Schmitt was traveling on Mt. Vernon Church Road in Raleigh when Cheryl Rash heading the opposite way in her van attempted to turn left into a private drive. Schmitt’s motorcycle crashed in to the side of Cheryl Rash’s van.
Cheryl Rash and the child who was traveling with her at the time of the motorcycle accident were taken to local Raleigh, North Carolina (NC) hospitals where they were treated for minor injuries. Both Rash and the child were released later in the day. William Schmitt was taken to WakeMed where he is still in critical condition.
According to the Raleigh Police Department Rash simply did not see Schmitt’s motorcycle before she turned and no charges have been filed in the accident.
As a personal injury attorney I know that accidents involving motorcycles are far too common. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcycles are up to 16 times more likely to be involved in an accident, and undivided roads such as Mt. Vernon Church Road are responsible for the majority of fatal motorcycle accidents.
While you are driving it is important to pay attention to motorcycles on the roadways, especially at night time and on smaller more rural roads. Accidents where the driver of a vehicle simply didn’t see the motorcycle make up for a large portion of all motorcycle accidents. By slowing down and sharing the road with motorcycles you can help decrease those numbers.