Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Mar 24, 2009 in Motorcycle Accidents
The recent death of 58-year-old Leroy Hood from Waukesha marked one of the first Wisconsin motorcycle deaths of 2009. His motorcycle accident and subsequent death is a sobering reminder of how careful motorcycle riders must be while enjoying their hobby.
Past studies show motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise for the last decade. In 2007, the U.S. saw a 7% (4,837 to 5,154) increase in the number of motorcyclists killed from the previous year. Wisconsin accounted for 104 of those fatal motorcycle accidents.
In fact, motorcyclists are about 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle accident and 8 times more likely to be injured.
Data shows that the majority of motorcycle accidents occur in one of two ways head-on or while the other vehicle was turning left. In 2007, 50% of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle, 78% were struck in the front, or head-on. In 40% of two vehicle crashes, the other vehicle was training left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,784 motorcyclists in 2007. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 800 lives could have been saved.
With warmer weather on the way, please remember to observe the rules of the road, wear the appropriate safety equipment and drive safely.
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