First responders offer safety tips for sharing the road

Lt. Tressa Miller said with the warmer weather, they see an increase in crashes involving both motorcycles and bicycles.

Posted: May 19, 2018 6:26 PM
Updated: May 19, 2018 6:30 PM

VENETA, Ore. -- Multiple crashes in the last 24-hours have first responders sending out a warning to drivers: be aware of motorcycles and cyclists.

Saturday morning, crews with Lane Fire Authority responded to two motorcycle crashes on highways near Veneta. They said everyone involved will be OK, because the riders were wearing proper safety gear.

Lt. Tressa Miller said with the warmer weather, they see an increase in crashes involving both motorcycles and bicycles.

She said before you take your bike out, check to make sure everything is in working order. She also said to always wear a helmet and that it's also important that everyone follows the rules.

"The motorcyclists are ready to ride. They've done their checks; they've checked all their gear. Unfortunately, a lot of people and cars aren't quite ready for the motorcycles yet. They may have forgotten they're sharing the road with them and it can be quite difficult," said Lt. Miller. "You never know when that motorcycle is going to be there. You need to check your mirrors. You need to be a responsible driver. Things happen and we understand that, but so many things are preventable."

Friday afternoon, a 13-year-old boy on his bike was hit and pinned under an SUV near Coburg and Willakenzie in Eugene. The boy was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Later that night, 27-year-old Michael McNall of Eugene was taken to Riverbend in critical condition, after being involved in a violent collision on Gateway Boulevard. Springfield Police said they're still investigating that crash.

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