ST. GEORGE – A motorcycle rider was airlifted to the Dixie Regional Medical Center after being hit by a car in the Bluff Street-Red Hills Parkway intersection Wednesday.
St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said that around 7:30 a.m., a motorcycle was traveling northbound on Bluff Street through the Red Cliffs Parkway intersection on a yellow light. While doing so, the motorcycle was initially cut off by a southbound car making a left turn toward Red Hills Parkway. The motorcycle rider reportedly yelled at the first car before being hit in the side by a second car also making a left turn.
The impact left the motorcycle rider with significant injuries to his left leg and Life Flight was called in to transport the rider to Dixie Regional Medical Center. Harding said the rider’s leg appeared to be broken in several places, though the rider was coherent and talkative when Harding contacted him at the hospital following the accident.
Harding said the motorcycle rider, from Oregon, was a part of a multi-state group riding through the area. He had split from the group and was heading home when the accident occurred.
The driver of the second car was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic, Harding said. When making a left turn, drivers are required by law to wait for oncoming traffic. Attempting to beat a red light while not paying attention to the rest of the traffic in an intersection is not encouraged.
Since March, Harding said the police have responded to at least one scooter or motorcycle accident each week. Sometimes they have responded to as many as two or three in the same week. “We’re having an alarming rate of motorcycle crashes,” he said.
“Drivers need to pay attention,” Harding said. As the same time, scooter and motorcycle riders also tend to set themselves up for accidents. Inattentive drivers and inexperienced riders don’t make a good combination, he said.
“People need to look left, right, and left again,” when at a stop, Harding said. There are so many distractions involved in driving that people forget to pay attention to basic safety tips and procedures.
Anyone who rides a scooter or a motorcycle is strong encouraged by the police to take courses in defensive driving. “It’s the best 16 hours you’ll ever spend,” Harding said.
Such courses are offered through Dixie State University and local Harley Davidson dealerships, Harding said.
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