Motorcycle riders accept the fact that any time they get on the bike, it could end in a serious collision. Finder collected data that illustrates the sad fact. Bikers are 27 times more likely to die in an accident than those who travel in cars, trucks, or SUVs.While the driver of the bike assumed these risks, they are compounded for any passenger on the bike who has no control over the bike itself. As such a passenger is left powerless if the driver of the motorcycle suddenly drifts into oncoming traffic.
Kentucky law only requires motorcycle riders under 21 years old to wear a helmet while riding in the state.
According to a report from the CDC, wearing a helmet for a motorcycle rider reduces the risk of death by almost 40% and the risk of a serious head injury by 70%. Not all fatalities would have been prevented by wearing a helmet, but if all Kentucky motorcycle riders wore one, there would be more riders still out on the roads.
Fatal Motorcycle Crashes
An example of the possible increase in risk for not wearing a helmet happened around 8 am,
Kentucky is a great place for a motorcycle ride. A lot of country roads, small towns and picturesque bluegrass scenery. But even in this made-for-motorcycle state, Kentucky motorcyclists are at a high risk of being injured just because they ride a bike.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash. Motorcyclists account for 14% of all traffic-related fatalities while only 3% of registered vehicles are motorcycles.
Riding a motorcycle is dangerous. In fact, a report from the NTHSA says that a motorcyclist in a crash is 28 times more likely to die than passenger car occupants. Despite this, motorcyclists still get out on the road to enjoy riding their beloved bikes.
Another danger for motorcyclists is impaired drivers. The low profile of a motorcycle is a problem even for sober drivers, but once impaired, a motor vehicle driver is even less able to see a motorcyclist, and the results can be deadly.
Kentucky has some great country roads for those who love to ride their motorcycles. However, there are dangers that motorcyclists have to be aware of when venturing out in rural Kentucky. According to a study from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a motorcycle rider is 28 times more likely to be killed in a crash than those of passenger vehicles.
One of the many dangers to motorcycle riders on rural roads is a head-on collision. They can happen in many different ways,
It’s a great time to ride a motorcycle in Kentucky and Indiana. Attorney Cara Stigger encourages all motorcyclists to ride safely and take the Kentucky Motorcycle Rider Education Course.
She also encourages all motorcyclists to take precautions when riding…
Here are some of her safety tips:
- Wear protective gear at all times
- Use a DOT compliant helmet
- Wear brightly colored clothing or a reflective vest
- Use daytime running lights
- Only wear clear eye protection at night
- Never ride while impaired
Most motorcycle accidents are due to other cars not seeing the motorcycle,
Younger drivers have the highest fatality rates among all age groups, according to a study by the American Automobile Association. In fact, this trend continues for all drivers until they hit the age of 70. Young drivers simply don’t have the experience in how to drive defensively and look out for possible unseen or hard to see dangers.
Motorcyclist Killed in Accident with Young Driver
A 56-year-old man was killed while riding his motorcycle when he was hit by a car with a juvenile driver.
Under Indiana state law, motorcycle riders age 18 and over are not required to wear a helmet. However, riders with a permit, and riders under age 18 must wear a helmet and eye protection.
Wearing a helmet is a good idea.
Motorcycles maintain contact with a roadway by two wheels rather than four. That makes them far less stable than a passenger car. They’re also less visible than passenger cars because they present smaller and narrower profiles on the roadway.
When you call our office after an injury accident, you will speak directly to a lawyer. Having a lawyer hear the facts of your case first hand can change everything. We don’t need to meet in person, social distancing is important. It starts with a phone call.
We know and understand Kentucky’s state laws that protect injured people. It is our job to educate you on the facts so you know the best next steps to take.
The client in this commercial suffered serious injuries.
On October 14, 2018, a motorcyclist was injured in a hit-and-run collision in McCracken County Kentucky.
According to KFVS-12, this crash happened on Highway 60 West in the 11000 block. Allegedly, the driver of a Chevy Impala struck the motorcyclist from behind and quickly fled the scene.
First responders transported the injured motorcyclist to a nearby hospital where he is expected to survive his injuries.
Police are still looking for the driver involved in this crash.