It seems you can rarely turn on the television or pick up the paper without finding out about another serious motorcycle crash that occurred in Southwest Florida. Lately, three local riders lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in just three days. What's causing all these crashes and what can be done to reduce their numbers?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are motorcycle crash statistics that may surprise you:
- Motorcyclists are 35-times more likely to become an accident fatality than those in passenger vehicles
- Just under half of all motorcycle fatalities in the U.S. involved no other vehicles
- In 2009, 48% of the 1,791 biker fatalities involved excessive speed
- In 2009, 42% of the 1,791 biker fatalities involved blood alcohol levels of 0.08% or above
- Head injuries are the leading cause of motorcycle accident fatalities
- Not wearing a helmet makes a rider 40% more likely to die of a head injury in an accident
- A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 15% more likely to suffer a non-fatal injury than one who wears a helmet
Here are some of the main causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Inattention or distraction of another driver
- Ignoring traffic conditions
- Poor weather
- Excessive speed
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Inexperienced rider
- Neglecting to use a turn signal
- “Lane splitting”, or riding a motorcycle between traffic lanes
“Our area is a great place to ride – I've been a motorcyclist and bike enthusiast for many years”, noted Fort Myers personal injury attorney Scot D. Goldberg. He points out that many accidents could be avoided if bikers and those in the cars and trucks around them did just one thing. “Inattention or letting yourself get distracted is one of the main reasons there are some many motorcycle accidents on our roads,” says Goldberg. “If people would just devote more attention and focus on their driving, there would be more bikers alive today”.
As personal injury attorneys and avid motorcycle enthusiasts, the law firm of Goldberg, Racila, D'Alessandro & Noone, LLC, understands the trauma involved after you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident. You are best advised to seek aggressive legal representation immediately to protect your legal rights, and determine if you may have a case for financial compensation against the at-fault party responsible for your injuries.
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