Alabama Ranks High in Nation for Motorcycle Fatalities
According to a recent report, Alabama ranks 15th in the nation for the highest number of motorcycle deaths.
In 2017, the latest data available from ALDOT, there were 1,918 motorcycle crashes, resulting in 1,222 injuries and tragically, 79 fatalities in Alabama.
What Factors Contribute to Motorcycle Accidents?
Riding a motorcycle can be more dangerous than operating a car for a number of reasons, including that riders do not have the protection of a closed vehicle and motorcycles are less visible than cars.
In fact, motorcyclists are nearly 30x more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than car passengers.
Operating a motorcycle also requires a significant amount of skill and training.
However, Alabama is the only state that does not require a skills test to ride a motorcycle. Motorcyclists only need to pass a written exam.
Although not required by law, motorcyclists are encouraged to look into motorcycle training classes to improve their motorcycle skills, and ultimately, help keep riders safe.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Below are a few important safety tips motorcyclists should keep mind:
- Always Wear a Helmet – Helmets are 37% effective in preventing crash fatalities, and 67% effective in preventing serious brain injuries.
- Wear Protective Clothing – Wear jackets, long pants and gloves when out riding, even in the summer months. Avoid wearing sandals and loose clothing that could get caught on the bike.
- Avoid Riding in Rain – Rain can make the roads slick and extremely dangerous to travel on. Try avoiding riding in the rain, and if you must, be extra cautious.
- Drive Defensively – Always assume a car cannot see you and make sure to look out for cars and always follow at a safe distance.
We hope that by following these tips, motorcyclists can be safer on the roads and save lives.
All vehicles on the roads, from cars to SUVs to trucks must also do their part and watch out for motorcyclists. They should also respect that motorcycles have the same rights as any other vehicle on the road.
We’re Here to Help
If you or a loved one are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, call the experienced Montgomery Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Floyd Hunter at 334-452-4000. When you call, you’ll receive a FREE case evaluation by an experienced Alabama motorcycle crash injury lawyer. There is never an attorney’s fee due upfront and we don’t get paid until you do. It’s that simple.
We will fight to protect your right to the fair insurance settlement that you deserve for your motorcycle accident claim. Call Floyd Hunter Injury Law for a Free Legal Consultation at 334-452-4000.
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