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Posted by Edna on Apr 18, 2015

Motorcycle Accidents

From January to September 2013 motorcyclist fatalities numbered to 3,638, a little less than the 2012 4,046 count during the same months. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) says, however, that the decline is neither due to riders’ improved riding skills nor motorists’ better observance of road safety rules, but rather because of bad weather conditions, specifically the long and cold winter.

The total number of motorcyclist fatalities for the year 2012 was actually 4,957, while for serious injuries, 93,000. According to the GHSA the factors that contributed to the accidents included: intoxication (with a blood alcohol concentration level of more than the 0.08% limit); speeding; and, not wearing of helmet. Two other GHSA data said that half of the total number of accidents was single motorcycle accidents, which means that no other vehicle was involved, while close to one fourth concerned riders who did not possess a valid motorcycle license.

Both the GHSA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) emphasize the importance of wearing a helmet when riding as this is remains to be the best way to prevent serious injuries and death. In fact, NHTSA records reveal that the number of motorcyclist fatalities in states with no helmet law was 10 times greater than in states that had a helmet law. Currently, only 19 states have a helmet law, which requires both riders and passengers to wear one each. Other states either only require the wearing of a helmet by children or make no requirements at all.

Expert riders from various accredited motorcycle associations in the US encourage all other riders, especially those who are just learning, to take a basic rider course from professional schools where they will be taught correct riding skills and tips to avoid accidents. For more than just learning how to ride a motorbike well, a rider will also need to learn how to be keenly observant of every road situation and any possible risks of accident which can be due to road defects and hazards, or the failure or refusal of other motorists to recognize motorcyclists’ right of way.

In cases of accidents wherein another person (can be another negligent driver or a person who fails to perform his/her job of making sure that roads are cleared of debris or defect) is liable, it will be wise for motorcyclists to contact a personal injury lawyer, who will help them assess their case and advise them on the best legal option that may be worth pursuing for the compensation that they may be entitled to receive.

The site of the Law Offices of Crowe & Mulvey, LLC , has information on the many issues that motorcycle accident victims could be interested to know.

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