Motorcyclist Killed In Crash
Motorcycle-car accidents are often serious, due to the difference in sizes of the vehicles. To be sure, these often result in catastrophic injuries or death. This was recently the case in Florida when a motorcycle hit a car.
A rear-end accident involving a motorcycle and car has led to a fatality. A motorcycle driver and passenger were riding on State Road 54 in Zephyrhills on the evening of April 1. A vehicle was stopped for traffic when the motorcycle failed to stop and rear-ended it.
Both occupants of the motorcycle were ejected due to the impact. The passenger, a 45-year-old woman, died at the accident scene. The driver, a 57-year-old man, is currently hospitalized and in serious condition. Both were wearing helmets. The driver of the car was not harmed in the crash. It is unknown if alcohol played a role in the accident.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycling is a risky activity, especially when combined with speeding, alcohol use and lack of helmet use. Motorcycles are much smaller than passenger vehicles, so they are more likely to get hit by drivers who cannot see them. Motorcycles are often hit while in cars’ blind spots or while turning left in front of traffic.
Motorcycles are less stable than passenger vehicles. They have two wheels instead of four, and they also lack the protection that passenger vehicles have. This makes motorcyclists much more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident. In fact, the fatality rate for motorcyclists is 26 times higher than that of drivers of passenger vehicles.
While car accidents have decreased, the same cannot be said for motorcycle accidents. From 2014 to 2105, motorcycle crashes increased by 10 percent. Thirty-one states saw increases in motorcycle accidents, 16 states saw decreases and three states and the District of Columbia remained the same.
States differ dramatically in numbers. There were just three fatalities in the District of Columbia, while there were 550 in Florida.
Motorcycles account for only 3 percent of registered vehicles in the United States. However, they account for 15 percent of motor vehicle fatalities. Motorcycle fatalities were as low as 2,116 in 1997. By 2008, that number had increased by 151 percent, to 5,312. The number of motorcycles registered during this time doubled, accounting for the huge increase in deaths.
Many fatal motorcycle crashes are attributed to alcohol use. In fatal crashes, motorcycle riders had the highest rates of alcohol impairment, at 29 percent. In comparison, drivers of semi trucks had the lowest rates of fatality, at just 2 percent.
Get Help for Your Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycles offer little protection in the event of a crash. Motorcyclists often end up with serious injuries and, in this case, are killed. This causes many damages for the victims.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, the Dade City motorcycle accident attorneys at Mander Law Group can help. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us at (800) 557-0411 to schedule a consultation.