Motorcycle Accident on the Rise

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the preliminary numbers on motorcycle accident fatalities in 2012 across the US has risen sharply and that based on the trend will rise by about 9% over 2011 numbers. In that year, more than 80,000 motorcycle riders in the US have been injured, and in Kentucky alone there were 1,884 motorcycle-related collisions with 1,145 people injured.

Nationwide, though overall traffic fatalities had decreased, fatalities from motorcycle accidents in the first half of 2012 increased by more than 24%. This overrepresentation indicates that more people are getting on their motorcycles than ever before, increasing the chances of a motorcycle-related accident. And because motorcycle riders are 30 times more likely to be injured or killed in an accident than car riders, these numbers may continue on this disturbing trend in the years to come.

Based on these studies, the GHSA urged states to knuckle down on safety laws regulating motorcycle use, specifically helmet use and rider training. Helmets have been proven to give their wearers some protection against head injuries in an accident although there are no guarantees even with helmets that meet the national safety standards.

However, motorcycle riders are not the only factors that should be considered. The behavior of car and truck drivers on the road should also be addressed, because no matter how much safety gear is worn or how careful the motorcycle rider is, they are no match against a reckless driver behind the wheel of a passenger car. As pointed out in an article on the website of the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville, motorcycle riders are vulnerable with very little body protection at their disposal.

If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident because of a reckless or negligent driver, you may be able to get compensated for it. Contact a skilled personal injury lawyer in your area to represent your case.

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