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Police are investigating two motorcycle accidents

A Bristol Township police SUV. File photo.

Bristol Township Police are investigating two separate motorcycle crashes.

The first crash occurred Sunday at 1:37 p.m. when a black Honda Shadow motorcycle collided with a blue Subaru Legacy on New Falls Road between Plumtree Road and Petunia Road, police said.

The Subaru was driven by a 63-year-old woman from Levittown, while the motorcycle was driven by a 40-year-old man from Levittown.

The motorcyclist was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Middletown Township. The extent of his injuries was unknown Monday afternoon, Lt. Sean Cosgrove said.

The crash remained under investigation.

The second accident occurred at 12:29 a.m. on Monday.

File photo.

A 64-year-old man on a 2009 Harley Davidson attempted to pass another vehicle in the 800 block of Route 13 in the Croydon section of the township.

The motorcyclist hit the central reservation and fell.

The injured man was taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia. The severity of his injuries was not yet known, Cosgrove said.

The police continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released the following motorcycle safety tips:

FOR EVERY RIDE: Check your motorcycle’s tire pressure and tread depth, hand and foot brakes, headlights and signal indicators, and fluid levels before riding. Also check under the motorcycle for signs of oil or gas leaks. If you are carrying cargo, you must secure and balance the load on the bicycle; and adjust the suspension and tire pressure to accommodate the extra weight. If you are carrying a passenger, he or she should not mount the motorcycle until the engine has been started; should sit as far forward as possible, directly behind you; and must keep both feet on the footpegs at all times, even when the motorcycle is stationary. Remind your passenger to keep his or her legs and feet away from the muffler. Tell your passenger to hold on tightly to your waist, hips, or belt; keep movement to a minimum; and lean at the same time and in the same direction as you. Do not let your passenger dismount from the motorcycle until you say it is safe.

If you are ever in a serious motorcycle accident, a motorcycle helmet is the best hope you have for protecting your brain. Always wear a helmet that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. Look for the DOT symbol on the outside of the back of the helmet. Snell and ANSI labels on the inside of the helmet also show that the helmet meets private non-profit organization standards. Read more about choosing the right helmet.

Arms and legs should be fully covered when riding a motorcycle, ideally wearing leather or heavy denim. In addition to protection in the event of a crash, protective equipment also helps prevent dehydration. Boots or shoes should be high enough to cover your ankles, while gloves provide better grip and help protect your hands in the event of a crash. Wearing brightly colored clothing with reflective material will make you more visible to other vehicle drivers.

DRIVE RESPONSIBLY: Experienced cyclists know the local traffic rules – and don’t take any risks. Obey traffic lights, signs, speed limits and lane markings; ride with the flow of traffic and leave enough space between your bicycle and other vehicles; and always check behind you and signal before changing lanes. Remember to drive defensively. The majority of motorcycle accidents involving multiple vehicles are generally caused by other drivers simply not seeing the motorcyclist. Proceed with caution at intersections and give way to pedestrians and other vehicles when necessary. You can increase your visibility by applying reflective materials to your motorcycle and by always leaving your motorcycle’s headlights on, even with high beams during the day.

BE ALCOHOL AND DRUG FREE: Alcohol and drugs, including some prescription medications, impair your judgment, coordination, balance, gas control and ability to shift gears. These substances also decrease your alertness and reduce your reaction time. Even when you are fully alert, it is impossible to predict what other vehicles or pedestrians are going to do. Therefore, make sure you are alcohol and drug free when you get on your motorcycle. Otherwise you will get into trouble.

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