Motorcycle accidents a warning to be cautious

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Recent motorcycle accidents have left authorities warning riders and drivers about the dangers of motorcycle use.

A motorcyclist was Life Flighted to a Toledo hospital after a collision with a pickup truck Wednesday evening in Pemberville. On Thursday in Providence Township, another biker was flown to the hospital after he lost control of his bike, causing him to flip and land in a ditch.

Summer is the popular riding season, and also the time to take extra precautions on the road.

"It appears that his motorcycle flipped a couple times, to where he landed and was ejected off of the motorcycle," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Brian Foltz about Wednesday's Providence Township accident.

The motorcycle driver, James Mayer, 50, of Whitehouse, was not wearing a helmet when he lost control of his bike on Archbold-Whitehouse Road in Providence Township.

In both accidents, the rider of the bike was flown to a nearby hospital.

"Obviously they don't have the safety restraints you would have in a normal vehicle so it's very important, not only for the drivers of the motorcycles but for everyone else who is out on the road to double check before you pull out and we can avoid all of these accidents," said Josh Hartbarger of the Whitehouse Fire Department.

Wearing a helmet is the number one suggestion law enforcement can give to drivers of a motorcycle, but often times, other drivers need to take extra precautions as well.

"One of the biggest things we like to advocate is definitely wear your helmets and for those that are not riding a motorcycle, everyone else in the cars- make sure you take a second and look before you pull out. Look left and look right," Hartbarger said.

The accident from this afternoon remains under investigation by the state highway patrol. It is unclear at this time if alcohol played a factor but the driver is believed to have had a case of beer with him at the time of the crash.

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