FindLaw KnowledgeBasePublished: 2013-01-08
Recently, a man from Milwaukee was killed when a car hit his motorcycle in Washington County. The man was only 27 years old. He died in the hospital. The driver that hit him left the crash uninjured.
There were 4,502 motorcyclists killed in 2010, and 82,000 more were injured in accidents. There are many things motorcyclists can do to stay safe on the road, but drivers need to do their part as well to make sure they are looking out for motorcyclists and sharing the road.
Motorcyclists travel fewest miles but have high death rate
In 2010, motorcyclists accounted for only three percent of registered vehicles and only .6 percent of miles traveled. They, however, made up 14 percent of traffic deaths. In 2010, the fatality rate for motorcyclists was six times that of cars. These are difficult statistics to swallow for many Americans who rate motorcycling as one of their top hobbies.
One of the most important things that motorcyclists can do is to wear a helmet. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that about 1,550 lives were saved because of helmets in 2010. While helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing death, according to a NHTSA survey, only 54 percent of motorcyclists wore helmets in 2010. This is a scary statistic considering the dangers associated with motorcycles and how life-saving a helmet can be.
Along with helmets, motorcyclists should also wear protective clothing. It is important to have a barrier between one’s body and the pavement if crashes happen, and many companies offer protective clothing to make sure motorcyclists stay safe and unharmed.
Most motorcycle accidents occur at intersections, so cars and motorcyclists alike should be very cautious at intersections and look out for one another. Cars and motorcyclists have a responsibility to each other to share the road.
Intoxicated motorcyclists and available remedies for injured motorists
Both motorcyclists and car drivers should also refrain from driving while intoxicated. Nearly half of motorcycle riders who were killed in single-vehicle crashes in 2010 had a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. Motorcycles are just like cars--when drivers are intoxicated, their functionality is impaired.
Wisconsin motorcyclists injured in traffic accidents have options. They may be entitled to recovery for their injuries, including their medical expenses and lost wages. Families of motorcyclists killed in Wisconsin may also be entitled to recovery for the loss of a loved one. An accomplished Wisconsin personal injury attorney can help both the motorcyclists themselves and their families determine their options for recovery and help them fight for what they deserve.