Are motorcycles more likely to be in an accident in Louisville? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports 5,172 people lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in 2017. This is twice as high as the number of fatalities on a motorcycle 10 years earlier (2007). The number of motorcycle related fatalities has continued to climb since 1998.
It may not surprise you to learn motorcycles are more likely to be in an accident. However, motorcyclists and their passengers are 28 times more likely to be killed in an accident than other vehicles with whom they share the road according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There is an obvious difference in the amount of protection afforded to those on a motorcycle than within any vehicle. While motorcycles are generally much more maneuverable, there is far less structural protection and stability than others vehicles. Motorcycles are harder for other drivers to see and many serious injury accidents and wrongful death are the result of a vehicle changing lanes unexpectedly or pulling into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
What other factors make motorcycles more likely to be in an accident? Additional factors associated with motorcycle accidents in Kentucky include drivers who are distracted by cell phones, as well as visibility issues (bright sunlight, darkness and rain). These factors are beyond the control of a motorcyclist and the best strategy to avoid serious injury includes increased caution and investment in safety gear.
A DOT approved helmet ensures consistent materials, construction and strictly controlled standards including a solidly riveted chin strap. In addition CD-rated body armor should cover as much of the rider as possible to protect vital organs and reduce injuries associated with road impact.
If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident we invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and contact HLH or call (866) 583-9701 to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.