Speed can be fatal for even the most experienced and well trained drivers. Recently, a motorcycle racer lost control while trying to top 300 mph as spectators looked on at a timed speed event. The 44-year-old man was well-known for his skill at racing motorcycles. He had reached 285 mph before losing control of his motorcycle during the fatal accident.
The racer had been trying to top 300 mph using only one mile of pavement. He was using the runway of a former air force base, and driven the course before. In 2011, he reached 311 mph using 1.5 miles of pavement. His achievement is considered a world record for a conventional motorcycle.
In his recent attempt, he had passed the one-mile mark before he began veering right. He rode for another 2,000 feet before leaving the runway and crashing his motorcycle. It's not clear how fast he was going at the time of the motorcycle accident. He died at a hospital about an hour and 15 minutes later. The rest of the event was canceled, and police were investigating the crash.
The average motorcyclist or driver of a passenger vehicle will never drive at the speeds of this motorcyclists. But speed is dangerous even for ordinary drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) speeding is a major factor in traffic accidents. From 2000 to 2009, between 30 percent and 32 percent of fatal automobile accidents involved speeding.
Sources: The Associated Press, "Motorcyclist killed in 285 mph crash in Maine," July 14, 2013; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts: Speeding, DOT HS 811 397, May 2012
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