Motorcycle enthusiasts are five times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident
Riding a motorcycle gives the rider a sense of open-air freedom. However, because motorcycles are small and do not have any type of padding between the cyclist and the road, an accident with another motor vehicle can result in very serious personal injuries or even death. Serious head trauma is very common among fatally injured motorcyclists.
Motorcycles are more difficult to see than other motor vehicles on the roadway. Generally half of motorcycle accidents occur simply because the motor vehicle did not see the motorcyclists.
In 2006, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 72.34 motorcycles out of 100,000 ended up in fatal accidents compared to 13.10 in automobiles.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), there were over 8.5 million motorcycles on the roadway in 2012. Many motorcyclists and passengers do wear helmets. In fact, according to NHTSA, in 2013, 60% of all riders wore helmets. An interesting fact is that helmets do not interfere with a rider’s vision or hearing. Wearing a helmet will likely prevent serious injuries and/or death. In 19 states and District of Columbia, state laws require helmets to be worn by motorcyclists. Twenty-eight states have some type of law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets. Only 3 states have no motorcycle helmet use laws in effect (Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire).
It is a simple fact that helmets minimize the risk of serious injuries and save lives. The motorcycle season is almost here. For your health and wellbeing, our attorneys recommend you wear a helmet whenever you take to the road on your motorcycle.
Lawyers with experience litigating motorcycle accident claims
The personal injury lawyers at Ward & Ward Law Firm have many years of experience representing motorcyclists and bicyclists in claims for injuries and damages. Our attorneys are prepared to effectively engage defense insurance attorneys to get our clients the compensation they deserve. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a motorcycle or bicycle accident in Indiana, give Charlie Ward a call today at 317-639-9501 to discuss your potential claim.Charlie Ward
Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225