Although there has been a decrease in car accidents and other vehicular accidents, much of it attributed to stronger safety regulations, recent studies show that motorcycle accidents are actually on the rise. Due to their size and vulnerabilities, motorcyclists are especially susceptible to personal injuries following an accident.
Within the span of one week, Albuquerque, New Mexico, saw an alarming three fatalities related to motorcycle accidents. Police believe that due to the warmer weather, there are more motorcyclists on the road. The police have thus asked motorists to be more careful while on the road and have reminded drivers that a mere lane change without exercising caution could be fatal.
There were approximately 34,000 fatalities and 1,222,000 injuries reported amongst motorcycle riders between the years 2001 and 2008. Fatalities amongst motorcyclists involved in accidents have increased by an alarming 55 percent to an estimated 1.74 people in every 100,000. Injuries also increased from 120,000 to approximately 175,000. According to the statistical data gathered, people in their twenties seemed most vulnerable to motorcycle accidents.
Depending on the severity of the accident and a driver’s history, a motorist responsible for a motorcycle accident may be subjected to various penalties, including revocation or suspension of license, heavy fines, and even possible imprisonment. Furthermore, insurance premiums will also likely be adversely affected, with dramatic increases in rates. In addition, the victim and his or her family may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party. Therefore, any motorcyclist involved in an accident may find consultation from a professional beneficial.
Source: KOAT ABC 7, “Police address 3 Alburquerque motorcycle fatalities in 1 week,” Regina Ruiz, June 24, 2014