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Caldwell Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident While Driving on a Sidewalk

A Caldwell man dies in motorcycle accident while driving on a sidewalk near Jefferson Middle School in Caldwell. Idaho State Police reported the Caldwell man hit a chain that was across the path to keep traffic out. The driver was not wearing a helmet at the time of the motorcycle accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Helmets Save Lives

Had the Caldwell man been wearing a helmet could he have survived? Probably. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that helmets are about 37% effective when preventing fatal motorcycle accidents. While Idaho state law only requires a helmet to be worn by those 18 years old and younger, it could save your life.

Is it Legal to Drive on a Sidewalk in Idaho?

The next thing you may be wondering about this story is, was this motorcyclist driving illegally by being on a sidewalk? In most areas of the country, including Idaho, yes, it is illegal. Motorcyclists are to treat their vehicle the same as you would any other motor vehicle.  Driving a motorcycle on the sidewalk is the same as hopping the curb with your car. Another thing to keep in mind is it is dangerous. Driving on the sidewalk runs the risk of hitting pedestrians, getting right hooked, getting hit by cars pulling out of driveways, etc.

Avoid a Motorcycle Accident

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind to keep you safe will riding a motorcycle.

  • Watch the road.
  • Know how much bike you can handle.
  • Invest in antilock brakes.
  • Practice makes perfect.
  • Wear protective gear.
  • Avoid bad weather.

Hire Caldwell Law Firm, Parke Gordon

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident let the experienced lawyers at Parke Gordon assist with your case. Our Caldwell lawyers at Parke Gordon have years of dedicated service to residences of Caldwell, Idaho. Call our Caldwell law office today at (208) 322-7274.

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