Motorcycle accidents were responsible for almost 200,000 injures between the years 2008 and 2009. Many of those injuries proved to be fatal. Education on the risks involved with motorcycle accidents will reinforce good driving habits on the road.
- Alcohol: According to research performed by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety administration, drinking and driving continues to play a big role in motorcycle fatalities. Over 30% of fatal cycle accidents in 2009 involved intoxicated drivers. In 2008, nearly a third of fatal motorcycle accidents involved drivers over the legal limit. Statistically speaking, motorcycle accidents at night have at a much higher chance of involving alcohol than crashes during the day.
- Fatality Numbers: Since the late 1990s, motorcycle fatalities have continued to increase. Motorcycle accidents killed over 4,500 drivers in 2005. This number then continued to rise, reaching 5,290 annual deaths in 2008. In the mid 2000s, motorcycle deaths made up just over 10% of car accident fatalities. By 2008, the percentage of annual deaths due to motorcycle fatalities had increased to 14%. Almost half of those fatalities involved collisions with other vehicles.
- Helmet Care: Unfortunately, many fatal accidents could have been prevented through the use of a motorcycle safety helmet. In 2008, nearly 60% of bikers killed were not protected in motorcycle helmets. Poor helmet habits are also shown to be most prevalent among younger riders. Statistical data from 2009 showed that 37% of fatal accident could have been avoided through the use of Department of Transportation-approved motorcycle helmets. Unfortunately, use of these helmets has decreased from 67% in 2009 to 54% in 2010.
A large percentage of motorcycle accidents are a result of the negligence of other drivers. If you have suffered a loss due to a drunk or distracted driver, then you and your family are entitled to appropriate compensation. Shea Law Group will work hard to earn you the settlement you deserve. Call (773) 365-0040 to schedule an initial consultation.
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