The thrill of the wind in the hair and complete freedom a motorcycle offers can be very appealing to a lot of people, even children, want to experience this freedom making motocross for the younger generation very popular. Working in a Seattle personal injury law firm, I often worry about the safety of the sport. Sadly, a fatal motorcycle accident has claimed the life of a young boy.
August 29th, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a 13 year old Vancouver Washington boy was killed in a motorcycle accident. Peter Lenz was doing a practice lap around the course when he crashed his bike. He appeared fine after the fall and raised his hands up to make himself visible, but was struck and run over by another rider who didn’t have enough time to react.
Medics quickly placed Lenz in a neck brace and proceeded to perform CPR while rushing him to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead just three hours after the motorcycle accident due to multiple traumas to his body and head.
Lenz is the youngest individual to die at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 101 years since it was built. In spite of this fact, safety regulations are currently being put on the chopping block in order to hopefully find a way to prevent this sort of horrible motorcycle accident from happening again. Currently this type of motorcycle racing has regulations such as age restrictions and experience requirements. A minimum of 2 years of experience and an age of 12 or older are required in order to participate in these events.
Lenz was an accomplished rider and had a minor motorcycle accident that turned deadly. This accident proves that there are always risks involved in riding motorcycles or ATV’s especially while racing and driving at high speeds. If you are considering allowing your child to take the plunge and ride a motorcycle or ATV please read this article on ATV Safety it will provide you with some useful tips to help protect your child from a horrible motorcycle accident.
My condolences go out to the Lenz family- I know this type of tragedy is difficult to deal with and I hope no other family has to go through this.