A 67 year old man injured two weeks ago in a motorcycle accident has died as a result of head injuries suffered in the accident.
Grant Juengel died Wednesday in Akron City Hospital.
Juengel was traveling east on Brady Lake Road near Red Bush Road in Portage County’s Ravenna Township when he lost control of his motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet. Juengel’s wife, Marcia, 64, who was wearing a helmet, was also injured in the crash but her injuries were not life-threatening, officials said.
The risk of not wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle is self evident. Nonetheless, I’ve heard the argument time and time again from friends and clients that ride bikes regularly….”.I don’t feel comfortable wearing a helmet” or “a helmet cuts down on my visibility”, or the most absurd, “I am a safe driver and so nothing will happen to me.” The problem is in most motorcycle accidents it is not the bike operator that is negligent, it is another vehicle on the roadway. The hard facts are that bike riders, who are far more exposed than a car when on the roadway, cannot control the negligent actions of other drivers. The most effective way to minimize catastrophic injury when riding a bike is to wear a motorcycle helmet.