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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT DEATHS
Motorcycle accident deaths claim the lives of more than three thousand people every year. The DOT presented evidence that motorcycle accident deaths are up eleven percent. In addition to motorcycle accident deaths, approximately fifty thousand people are injured in motorcycle accidents every year on our nation’s streets and highways. Motorcycle accident deaths and injuries pose a more significant threat to motorcyclists than deaths and injuries in other motor vehicle accidents. One of the most significant factors that increase this risk is the failure of other motorists to detect and recognize motorcyclists in traffic. Negligent vehicle drivers often fail to see and avoid motorcyclists on the road. Nearly three-fourths of all motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another passenger vehicle. Motorcycles offer much less protection to their drivers than other motor vehicles, which contributes to the risk of motorcycle accident deaths. Five types of accidents result in motorcycle accident deaths:
Motorcycle accident deaths occur most often when a motorcycle rides or is driven off the road.
Almost twenty percent of motorcycle accident deaths result from another motor vehicle failing to obey a traffic signal.
Head-on collisions account for more than ten percent of motorcycle accident deaths.
Passenger cars turn in front of a motorcycle.
Motorcycles going down on the roadway.
The severity of most motorcycle accidents increases with motorcycle speed, the size of the motorcycle, and the involvement of alcohol in the accident. Nearly one-half of all motorcycle accident deaths are caused by accidents where alcohol use is involved. The lack of helmet use also drastically increases the risk of motorcycle accident deaths. Motorcyclists who do not wear helmets are forty percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury than those who wear safety helmets. Motorcycle accident deaths are often the result of severe head, neck, or back injuries. These types of damages are the most fatal in all motor vehicle accidents. More on this webpage
The leading cause of death on our nation’s roadways is attributed to severe head injuries. This is another reason for helmet use’s importance when operating a motorcycle, even for short trips in tight areas. Suppose you have a loved one who died in a motorcycle accident. In that case, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against that party whose negligence caused or contributed to the fatal motorcycle accident. A victim’s beneficiaries may be able to recover damages, including medical expenses, loss of income, and emotional suffering. For more information about motorcycle accident deaths, contact a qualified and experienced attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and options.
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAS BEEN INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT, YOU NEED THE ADVICE OF AN EXPERIENCED PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER. CALL OUR LAW OFFICE TODAY FOR YOUR FREE CONSULTATION.