Motorcycle accidents in Kentucky are more likely to result in death or life changing injuries. Motorcycles have no resistance from the impact of a car, and offer no recourse for protection in the event of an impact.
Motorcycle Accidents in Kentucky
Motorcycle accidents, unfortunately, often result in severe injuries or even death. This is because motorcycles offer riders no protection in the event of an impact. They directly affect the rider instantly, allowing no coverage or seatbelts to prevent being ejected from the vehicle. This ejection during impact carries with it significant risks of severe, life threatening injuries. While wearing a helmet and appropriate padding while riding a motorcycle does offer a layer of security, they are simply not enough to protect against the full force of a passenger car or truck.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation, since the early 2000s, motorcycle accidents that resulted in fatalities have increased by a whopping 16%. The decade leading up to 2013 saw an increase of fatalities of those 40 and over by almost 40%. In 2013 alone, over half of every motorcycle accident involved a passenger car. In that year, the average age of motorcyclists involved in accident fatalities was 42 years old. Another disturbing fact released by the department of Transportation, was that motorcycle riders are over 25 times more likely to die as a result of a motorcycle accident, than death from an accident involving only a passenger car. Nearly 100,000 motorcycle riders were injured in the year 2013.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents in Kentucky, or anywhere in the world for that matter, can happen for any reason - and at any time. Reports state, however, that more than 50% of all motorcycle-related accidents happen on non-interstate roadways, and between the hours of 6am and 6pm. Less than 15% of motorcycle accident fatalities occur on interstates and freeways. The rest happen on city roads. In fact, one of the highest rated causes of accidents involving motorcycles is from passenger cars that violated the right of way of a motorcyclist. Another common situation is caused by drivers that are momentarily distracted.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle-related accident in Covington, Newport, or Florence - contact an experienced Kentucky lawyer. You could be due a large settlement.