A traffic accident in Adams on Sunday, April 15, has taken the life of Ronald K. Burdick, a 53-year-old Arkdale resident.
According to Adams County Sheriff Sam Wollin, Burdick was traveling south on 13th Drive in the town of Adams around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. At that time, a westbound car that crossed the centerline and turned north onto 13th Drive struck his motorcycle.
Burdick was conscious when personnel from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and Curtis Ambulance arrived at the scene. He was taken to Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield where he later died from his injuries.
The driver of the car was not injured. His name has not been released by Adams County Sheriff’s deputies, who say this fatal Wisconsin motorcycle accident is still under investigation.
The staff and attorneys of the Appleton branch of the Hupy and Abraham law firm send our condolences to Mr. Burdick’s friends and family in this time of loss.
We believe that, while not all accidents can be prevented, many can be averted. Car drivers often do not realize how much riders are exposed to danger. They have only leather jackets, jeans, and a protective helmet between them and serious injury.
It’s especially critical that four-wheeled vehicles maintain a closer lookout for motorcycles and their riders. We recognize this can be a challenge, because a bike’s slimmer profile can be overlooked on busy highways or in the rear blind spot. But, motorcycles are equal partners with other vehicles in using the road. Bikes are entitled to use the same space as an automobile, and their right-of-way must be respected at intersections.
No matter what efforts we make, accidents will still happen. But if we can work together to share the road fairly, we can reduce the number of senseless errors of judgment and senseless traffic fatalities to as low a number as possible.