[Bakersfield, CA] – Bruce Cross Killed in Motorcycle Crash on Kern Canyon Road
12-Year-Old Bruce Leon Cross Dies in Motorcycle Crash
October 22, 2020 – Bruce Cross, age 12, died on Wednesday. Moreover, the 12-year-old died in a motorcycle crash around 6:42 P.M. Also, in the 9100-block area on Kern Canyon Road.
Responding officials mentioned that the motorcycle driver lost control for an unknown reason. Moreover, the impact of the crash ejected both the driver and young Cross from the motorcycle.
As a result, Bruce Cross was pronounced dead at the scene. Meanwhile, rescue workers took the motorcycle driver to a hospital with moderate injuries.
Unfortunately, the police consider excessive speed as a contributing factor in this terrible crash. Additionally, Bakersfield authorities say that this investigation is to remain open for now.
Statistically, this is the 34th motor vehicle collision in the year 2020 within the Bakersfield Police Departments jurisdiction.
Finally, please contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111 if you have any further details about the accident.
What Should You Know About Motorcycle Accidents?
The exact number of motorcycle deaths is unknown. However, we do know that in the year 2018 alone, 4,985 people died.
Moreover, that is 14% of all traffic fatalities. Often, because of drugs or alcohol.
Another example is, “Lane Splitting” by motorcycles. Because it can be fatal if a car turns left.
Furthermore, research shows that 4.24% of motorcycle accidents are usually fatal.
Also, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries than car passengers. Not to mention, motorcycles make up over 3% of registered vehicles.
Finally, you should always remember to wear your helmet.
Recent studies have shown that helmet use can lower the risk of head injuries by up to 69%. Also, it reduces the risk of death by 50%.
There is a wealth of factors to keep in mind before getting onto a motorcycle and going for a ride. While it may seem daunting, remembering all these safety tips could save your life when it comes right down to it.
Despite your experience on a motorcycle, you should always practice safety and responsibility when riding on a motorcycle. Here are 5 tips designed to help you stay safe on the road!
5 Safety Tips to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident
1) Resist the Temptation to Share Lanes
It is important for your safety and survival to treat your motorcycle the same way that you would treat a car. Also, you do not ever see two full-sized cars driving in the same lane on the interstate or in a residential area. Furthermore, it is a dangerous maneuver that could cost not only your life, bus those around you as well.
2) Upkeep the Maintenance of Your Motorcycle
Motorcycle upkeep and repair on your motorcycle is just as important as car maintenance and should be taken very seriously. Likewise, make sure you have everything you need, and do a safety check before you hit the road. Furthermore, safety checks can include ensuring that your horn, turn signals, and other lights are all working correctly. Stop, and take a moment to also check the chain, belt, brakes, and the tires. Finally, if there is a need for repair, then contact a motorcycle mechanic. Do not ride the bike until it is repaired if any of these components are not working.
3) Work on Your Riding Skills
The press manager, John Seidel of Honda Motorcycle’s, has been quoted stressing the importance of keeping your riding skills in shape. he says, “There is nothing we could say or advice more than to find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation riding course in your area. That is critical, absolutely critical.” You could learn the basics from a Motorcycle Safety Foundation sponsored class, as well as some advanced techniques. Furthermore, some of these techniques include how to use evasive maneuvers to get out of an emergency. Click here for a list of classes in your local area.
4) Use the Correct Gear
Other than the obvious helmet, it is important to wear the correct riding gear. Also, this applies to whenever you are going to get on your motorcycle. Moreover, wearing casual clothing such as baggy jeans, sandals, or even loose t-shirts can make you more likely to get in an accident than if you wear correct riding gear. Not to mention, there are plenty of things to think about when it comes to the protective gear that you need. A few things to look for is gear that will help protect you against certain conditions. These conditions could include bugs and other debris on the road, the wind and other weather, or even road rash should you get into an accident. Fortunately, there are specially designed pieces of clothing. Such as, pants, shirts, eye wear, and shoes, meant for motorcycle riders available in motorcycle retail stores and online.
5) Beware of Bad Weather
One thing that every rider knows, is that wet, slick roads are not our friends. For starters, a motorcycle’s two tires have much less traction on wet pavement than they do on dry. Furthermore, rain or snow can affect a motorcycle rider’s vision. Moreover, the proper gear will help you navigate through those stormy and treacherous conditions.
For added safety tips that can help you to avoid an accident, you can visit the National Highway Transportation Safety Association’s website here. You can also visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation mentioned earlier, or the National Motorcycle Safety Fund here.
To the family and friends of Bruce Leon, we cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, and our sincerest condolences go out to you.
Salkow Law are true advocates that will work with you directly to achieve justice. Insurance companies want to pay as little compensation as they can. They will even try to make your case go away completely. We will fight for you so that does not happen.
Unlike, the law firms you see plastered on billboards and buses, at Salkow Law you will receive a level of personal service long forgotten at the ‘big’ firms. With us you will not be a faceless, nameless case file. We’ll answer any questions you have and make sure you have a full understanding of how the process works.
This is especially true for families that have lost a loved one in an accident. We won’t stop until we’ve gotten you fair compensation to alleviate the financial toll that unexpected devastation brings.