People throughout the state of Tennessee were reminded of the dangers that every motorcyclist faces when a cyclist was fatally injured on Sunday, October 14th, 2018. The accident, which occurred when the 26-year-old motorcyclist sped through an intersection and collided with another vehicle on Highway 153 outside of Chattanooga, ultimately resulted in the death of the motorcyclist.
For motorcyclists around the country, the accident served as another sobering reminder of the dangers of motorcycling. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), approximately 5,286 motorcyclists were fatally injured in accidents throughout 2016. If you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle accident, another driver’s negligence may be to blame, and contacting a legal professional can make all the difference in your family’s recovery.
Motorcycle Accidents Nationwide
As mentioned above, more than 5,000 American motorcyclists were fatally injured in 2016. This marked a national uptick of more than 5% in motorcycle fatalities compared to the previous year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities are at their highest level since 2008. So why the sudden rise in fatal motorcycle accidents?
For one, motorcycles are much less suited for collisions when compared to standard motor vehicles. Motorcycles are less stable, and they offer less protection than other automobiles, so it should come as no surprise that motorcyclists were 28% more likely to suffer fatal injuries in 2016 than car drivers.
Wearing a Helmet Can Save a Life
With such limited protection, you would think that every motorcyclist would attempt to be as protected as possible, but unfortunately, that is not the case. Only 67% of all American motorcyclists said that they regularly wore their helmet throughout 2017, despite the fact that helmets can be critical in avoiding severe or fatal injuries. According to studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1,859 motorcyclist lives were saved by helmets in 2016. An additional 800 lives could have been saved if every cyclist elected to wear their helmet.
Contact a Jacksboro Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our team understands just how devastating a motorcycle accident can be. Fortunately, we have years of experience helping families recover from the tragic impacts of injuries sustained in motorcycle collisions. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should seek out quality legal representation to determine your options for pursuing financial compensation from negligent parties. To schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable Campbell County personal injury attorney, call us today at 423-449-7980.