News: Crash in Oxford Circle kills 38-year-old motorcycle rider

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Police responded to a deadly motorcycle crash at an intersection in Philadelphia on Thursday night, WPVI reports.

The incident happened in the area of East Cheltenham Avenue and Rutland Street in the Oxford Circle section of the city at about 8:24 p.m.

Investigators said a man lost control of his Yamaha motorcycle and crashed. The 38-year-old victim was pronounced dead after being transported to Einstein Medical Center. Police have not yet released his name.

The accident remains under investigation.

Dangerous Philadelphia intersections

Intersections are among the most dangerous and common places were car and motorcycle accidents happen. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 44.1 percent of intersection-related accidents were caused by drivers failing to see other vehicles traveling through intersections.  And because of their smaller profile, motorcycles are often harder for drivers to spot on the road.

Left turn accidents are the most common type of accident for motorcyclists to be involved in, typically as a result of drivers failing to see a motorcycle and driving into or across the path of the rider. Nationally, 42 percent of motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle accidents are struck by a vehicle turning left while the motorcyclist is going straight through an intersection. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reports that in 2013, the second most common accident to occur in Pennsylvania happened at an angle, with the vast majority of these crashes being intersection-related. 26 percent of all crashes that year happened at an angle, and these accidents accounted for more than 20 percent of deaths.

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