A teen motorcycle rider was recently killed in a San Jose crash. Authorities say that the 18-year-old motorcyclist was passing through an intersection in San Jose last Thursday when he hit a Toyota Corolla.
The motorcycle accident happened around 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Beckham Drive and Oberland Way. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at nearby hospital a few hours after the crash and his 18-year-old female passenger was also hospitalized but suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The condition of the car driver is unknown, but car drivers common suffer only minor personal injuries in similar crashes.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of this particular motorcycle accident. The Toyota driver stayed at the scene and did not appear intoxicated. It is unclear whether speed or the alleged intoxication of the motorcyclist were contributing factors to the crash.
The motorcyclist and his passenger were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that helmeted motorcyclists are significantly less likely to experience traumatic brain injuries. The motorcyclists who experienced TBI and survived their crashes were less likely to be discharged home that other crash victims and more likely to require rehabilitation or to be discharged to long-term care facilities following their hospitalizations.
Source: KCBS-TV, "Teen Motorcycle Rider Killed, Passenger Hurt In San Jose Crash," June 22, 2012