Fatal Livermore Motorcycle Accident

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December 03, 2019
Edward Smith

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Livermore

A Discovery Bay man was recently killed in a motorcycle accident near Livermore, CA. The victim has been identified as 62-year-old Thomas Roach. The accident happened at about 6:30 pm along S. Vasco Road at Westgate Drive. Livermore police sergeant Steven Goard said the accident involved a passenger vehicle that was being driven by an unidentified 39-year old Livermore resident. Livermore PD is investigating the accident. It does not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved. Traffic investigators from Livermore Police’s unit are calling for public assistance in finding eyewitnesses to the collision. If you or someone you know saw anything, please dial (925) 371-4857 and ask for Sgt. Glenn Robbins.

How to Protect Yourself as a Motorcyclist

An accident can happen even if you are driving smartly and safely. However, you can take measures to protect yourself from getting into an accident while on a motorcycle. Below are some of the best motorcycle safety guidelines:

  • Use a properly fitting bike for your physique: Getting a bike that suits you physically is more important than one may realize. In a seated position, a motorcyclist’s feet should be firmly in contact with the ground. The handlebars should be in an easy reaching distance and fit comfortably to your hands.
  • Wear a helmet at all times: The chance of getting a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is dramatically reduced by wearing a helmet. When purchasing a helmet, make sure that it fits your head correctly and conforms to federal requirements. Remember, it is illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet on!
  • Maintain a skilled understanding of safe motorcycle riding habits: Even for a longtime motorcyclist, it is recommended to routinely test your skill set. Completing a course by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation is one of many great options.
  • Use a motorcycle with antilock brakes: Driving a bike that is equipped with antilock brakes reduces the chances of a fatal accident by roughly 70 percent.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: Stay on the lookout for distracted and/or aggressive drivers. Avoid tailgating other vehicles to give yourself more time to react to an unexpected event.
  • Dress safely and appropriately: Wear protective gear, which can include specific types of jackets, pants, boots, and gloves. Also, if you are riding at night, consider wearing reflective clothing to increase your visibility on the road.
  • Check for upcoming hazards: Noticing a road hazard is even more critical for motorcyclists than other motorists, as a motorcycle offers less protection. Potholes, uneven edges, and slick surfaces should all be visually accounted for to your best ability.

Watch YouTube Video: 7 Essential Tips for Motorcycle Safety. This video provides some important safety tips for motorcyclists.

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