Although driving is an unavoidable element of the day for most Americans, there is something unique and special about motorcycle ownership that makes driving more than just the commute. To many, a motorcycle is the embodiment of freedom and adventure, and riding a motorcycle earns one the respect of the rest of the two-wheeled community.
Owning a motorcycle offers a number of distinct benefits, from being able to find a parking spot with ease to spending less on gas than the average driver. But motorcycle ownership is not all fun and games; riding can be dangerous, and accidents do happen.
If you or someone you love is involved in a motorcycle accident, the Dashner Law Firm can provide qualified, compassionate service to be sure you earn the compensation you deserve.
Concerted Push for Motorcycle Safety
In one sense, the statistics on motorcycle safety are encouraging. A concerted push for safety has led to an increased emphasis on helmet laws and a larger number of motorcycle awareness campaigns for drivers. Unfortunately, other statistics indicate that there is much work to be done. Deaths among American motorcycle riders reached an all-time high in 2008, with the rate more than doubling between the years of 1999 and 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Motorcycle Accidents Requiring ER Visits
Unsurprisingly, motorcycle accidents causing injuries have been prevalent throughout the same time period. The CDC reports that between 2001 and 2008, more than one million American motorcycle riders needed and received treatment in an emergency room for a non-fatal injury. This means that in any given year, more than 100,000 motorcycle riders seek emergency room care.
The CDC data suggest that there may be at least one identifiable factor increasing injury prevalence—a lack of driving experience. Motorcycle riders in the 20-24 age range accounted for the highest rates of injury and death, with those aged 25-29 following behind. This suggests that older drivers are more cautious or are simply aware of more strategies to avoid accidental injuries.
When on your bike, always ride with the utmost care. But if you or someone you love is injured, trust an experienced personal accident attorney such as those on staff at the Dashner Law Firm to secure the compensation you need and deserve. Call the firm today at 972-793-8989 and schedule your free consultation and case review.