Motorcycles are fun but are very dangerous to drive. They offer no protection from the elements, which make injuries and deaths from motorcycle accidents very common. Statistics show that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in an accident than car drivers are. Motorcycles make up only two percent of all vehicles on the road, but they account for 10% of the accidents.
The Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents
In 2006, 88,000 motorcyclists suffered injury from accidents, and 5,000 motorcyclists died. Of all motorcycle accidents, 80% result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. Most deaths result from head injuries, making helmets very important. Those without a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer a head injury. Helmet use also decreases the risk of death by 37%.
The Types and Causes of Accidents Involving Motorcycle Accidents
More than 50% of deaths caused by motorcycle accidents involved another vehicle. Another vehicle making a left turn causes most of these. Statistics show that fewer than 50% of motorcycle accidents involved no other vehicle. Of these, speed and alcohol use were to blame. Read more about motorcycle accidents and statistics in our article about the different types of motorcycle crashes
Contact a Lawyer for Help
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident or suffering the death of a loved one who died from an accident involving a motorcycle, you need legal help right away. Contact a Louisville motorcycle accident lawyer from Gray & White at (502) 210-8942 to learn how you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.