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Michigan Military Veteran Mourned after Fatal Motorcycle Accident

The Town of Frankenmuth lost a beloved son when Daniel Weber died from injuries sustained in a recent motorcycle crash. The former Army man, 25, was a decorated soldier, who had previously been awarded a Purple Heart for enduring serious injuries while fighting for his country. Weber's fatal accident occurred in El Paso, Texas, but his Michigan hometown held a procession in his honor.

Weber's crash is emblematic of the danger that Michigan bikers face. This tough military vet could survive intense military conflict, but lost his life on a U.S. roadway. While his bike was the only vehicle involved in the crash, most motorcycle accidents are due to another motorist's failure to "see" the biker. Weber should be honored for his military service, but his tragic death should also serve motorcycle awareness and safety campaigns.

Now that motorcycle is in full gear, motorists have to be vigilant about looking for bikers before pulling out in traffic. Most fatal car-v-motorcycle accidents occur when the vehicle makes a left turn in front of the bike. Drivers also commonly make right turns in front of motorcyclists, either at intersections or when exiting driveways or parking lots.

May is national Motorcycle Awareness Month, as government officials and motorcycle safety advocates attempt to educate motorists so that fatal accidents can be reduced. Bikers are particularly vulnerable in a motor vehicle accident, so the best way to protect them is through prevention.

Please keep an eye out for motorcyclists on our Michigan roadways, and bikers -- ride safely.

Sources: WNEM.com, "Former Soldier Killed in Motorcycle Crash," May 17, 2011. KFOXTV.com, "Motorcyclist Dies After Striking Electric Pole in Chaparral," May 13, 2011.

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