As personal injury advocates we see first- hand what happens when a driver overlooks the presence of someone on a motorcycle. Since this is the start of Motorcycle Safety Month we are sharing some sobering facts about crash statistics.
- Over 4500 Motorcycle Riders were killed in 2013.
- Over 90,000 riders were injured in 2014.
- Almost 15% of all vehicle fatalities are motorcycle riders and passengers.
- Motorcycle riders are 25 times more likely than passenger car occupants to be injured or killed in an accident.
The reality is that anyone on a motorcycle is more vulnerable than someone in a car or a truck. Distracted drivers are a huge issue for anyone riding and someone who simply veers from their lane slightly into a motorcycle can produce consequences that are magnified over what would happen if the swerved into a passenger car. When you are in a car you have the protection of fenders and seatbelts while a rider must rely on heightened awareness, protective clothing including helmet and gloves and being noticed. Some of the methods riders use to be noticed are a loud exhaust and a strobe front light. These certainly help and they still require the driver of the car of truck to help.
April was Distracted Driver Month and that ties in well with Motorcycle Safety Month and our everyday habits. Please be careful and aware with every mile you drive or ride. We rely on each other to arrive alive and safe. We all know someone who rides a motorcycle so this matters. This matter's greatly to us because we work with victims to get their lives re-started after they have been injured through no fault of their own.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a rider or a passenger on a motorcycle please call the Law Office of Guenard & Bozarth at 888-809-1075. We are available 24/7/365 to speak with you and get you the help you need now. You can also visit our website at http://www.gblegal.com/motorcycle.php