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Rough Time of Year for Motorcyclists

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The first weekend of warm summertime weather has had a fatal harvest , with two motorcycle crashes in the Buffalo area in the past three days.
  • Charles Seiler, 44, of Tonawanda was killed Sunday when his cycle collided with a mini-van on the Interstate 190 ramp to the I-290.
  • On Friday,  Evans Police Officer Frederick Garrasi III was killed when his motorcylce collided with a car on Lake Shore Road near Rogers Road in Hamburg.

This time of year, say motorcycle experts, is a tough time for both motorcyclists and drivers.

"The bikes might not have been serviced yet for the season, and the roads may not be at their peak, with construction going on," says Peter Campanella of ABATE, who admits motorcyclists are not perfect. "Riders might not really be up to snuff on their skills yet."

Campanella says drivers and motorcyclists alike just need to take an extra second to spot each other. "It takes time to look for a motorcycle. It's tough to judge our speed and bikes are smaller," he notes.

Campanella says multi-vehicle accidents are common this time of year, with 2/3 of accidents happening at intersections.
"Look twice, save a life," advises Campanella."Doesn't matter if you're on a bike, you're pulling out onto the road or you're in a car going through an intersection, take a second, look twice, you might save a life."

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05/03/2013 5:45PM
Rough Time of Year for Motorcyclists
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05/06/2013 7:36AM
I can not stress this enough. Drivers in cars etc. must pay attention to their driving. This means PUT THE PHONE DOWN!! Do not TEXT.... Look for the headlight on a motorcycle.... By law the headlight must be on at all times while riding. Do not turn left in front of a motorcycle coming toward you, they have the right of way just as another car does. Don't turn from a stop sign in front of a motorcycle either. LOOK!!! Motorcyclists are not perfect either..... Don't think you are invincible or are a professional stunt rider.... Ride like you are invisible.... Keep the front wheel ON THE GROUND.... Drive the speed limit.... Countless times I have been passed on the 190,290 & 990 like I am in reverse.... When I am going 65mph & a bike passes me at over 100mph they must either have a death wish or a brain that would fit on the head of a pin and look like a pebble in a parking lot. I speak from a personal perspective as I lost a close family member to a motorcycle wreck.
05/06/2013 8:28AM
Share the road
The roadways are a naturally dangerous place to be for anyone. I quit riding motorcycles quite a while ago because I felt unsafe due to inattentive drivers. I now ride my bicycle and run from 4 to 6 days per week. We can pass more laws, but they will not help. I do see a LOT of unsafe motorcycle riders and I am afraid they bring on a lot of their own trouble. We have all seen the antics from burnouts at red lights to insane 100 mph and even 150 mph speeds. The cruiser types who have mufflers but rather run straight pipes go unchecked because the cops do not ticket them, I have seen many rallies with police escorts and super loud pipes. All I can see that could help would be taking drunk driving more serious and taking unlicensed drivers off the road. I know someone who was hit by a large SUV from out of state, the driver was unlicensed, with no insurance and registration. The Buffalo police let the person drive away with no tickets. I can only guess why, but I won't, the accident was on the east side.
05/06/2013 11:44AM
Motorcycle vs bigger vehicles
It is so sad when I life is taken behind the wheel of a vehicle or a motorcycle etc etc etc. It's not always the other driver creating the unsafe driving situation, My son and I watched two young men on rice burners trying to beat out traffic They split up one in the middle of the road the other on the shoulder their way of passing even when speed limit 35 mph. It;s not just the drivers of cars/trucks some of these motorcycle drivers try to prove nohing will happen to them the way they drive. Everyone say a prayer for safety!
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