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Kenneth Stoll killed in motorcycle accident involving tire failure

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, Fla. — Ohio resident Kenneth Stoll tragically died on the evening of Oct. 16 in Holly Hill, after a tire on his motorcycle blew out.

Stoll was southbound on Ridgewood Avenue when the blow out caused him to lose control of the bike, according to a local news report.

Investigators with the Holly Hill Police Department said he did not exhibit outward signs of injury at the scene of the accident and was transported to the hospital, where died within a few hours.

Stoll’s cause of death has not been determined. An investigation led by Holly Hill Traffic Homicide unit is underway.

No additional information about the crash was immediately available.

COMMENTARY ON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

I am very disturbed to learn of Mr. Stoll’s tragic motorcycle accident. I can imagine him enjoying a pleasant vacation, feeling the wind in his face, traveling down a scenic Florida highway on a beautiful October evening. How could he ever have anticipated the unfortunate event that would cut his life short? Such is the case with tire blow out crashes.

These types of crashes are often fatal for passenger cars, light trucks, and especially for SUVs.

However, motorcyclists are statistically 29 times more likely to suffer a fatal accident than occupants in passenger cars per vehicle miles traveled. Excessive speed, lack of safety equipment (such as a helmet), road conditions, impairment, inclement weather, and lack of visibility on the part of other drivers significantly add to the number of motorcycle fatalities annually.

Accidents like these may be preventable. Keeping tires properly inflated, balanced, with sufficient tread-depth literally saves lives. Nevertheless, doing so does not prevent all tire failures. Occasionally tire failure is caused by a manufacturer defect. Based on the information in the accident report, the cause of the tire failure cannot be determined without further investigation. It is essential that the tire and any portions of the remaining tread that have torn away, if any, be saved for a thorough inspection.

I will continue to do whatever I am able to increase public awareness regarding tire failure. To learn more about why these crashes occur, please read some of my articles on tire failure accidents here.

I have represented many individuals across the nation involved in motorcycle accidents remarkably similar to this one. I have personally seen the tremendous heartache caused by these crashes. My sincere condolences go out to Mr. Stoll’s loved ones at this difficult time.

Disclaimer: At Ammons Law, we are constantly seeking to improve the quality and safety of our roads and highways. We post these articles to help improve safety within our community. All of the information contained within this post was compiled from public sources or constitutes the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if you identify any false or misleading information.

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