With the gorgeous spring weather right now and summer just around the corner, motorcyclists are out and about on Oklahoma roadways. Many people use motorcycles as their main form of transportation or just for fun. In either case, riding can be quite dangerous, as motorcycle accidents occur frequently and typically have serious, if not fatal, outcomes. What are the common causes of such incidents and what can you do if you are injured in a motorcycle accident?
The legal process offers resources and protections for family members of a loved one who is killed in a motorcycle accident or other type of accident. A family in Oklahoma recently lost a family member in a motorcycle accident. The motorcycle accident occurred when a passenger vehicle failed to yield the right of way to the motorcycle and instead turned in front it. Both the passenger riding on the motorcycle and the driver of the motorcycle were killed in the motorcycle accident. The passenger on the motorcycle was serving in the military and graduated from Oklahoma State University.
The unexpected loss of a loved one can be one of the most devastating events anyone faces. When a loved one has been wrongfully lost because of another party's negligence, it can be even more difficult to deal with. In addition to the emotional strain many families may face following the unexpected loss of a loved one, surviving family members may also suffer financial strain left by the loss.
Motorcycle accidents can have catastrophic consequences for victims. They can be costly to victims and their families on a physical, financial and emotional level. Motorcyclists can be uniquely vulnerable to the actions of careless and negligent drivers on the roadways. Unfortunately, drivers don't always exercise the care and attention that is necessary to help keep motorcycle riders safe on the roadways.
An Oklahoma woman was recently killed in a motorcycle accident in another state. According to authorities, the 61-year old woman died of head injuries following the motorcycle accident and another motorcyclist was also seriously injured in the accident. The accident occurred when a group of motorcyclists were travelling in the left-hand lane and a semi-truck began merging from the right-hand lane and into the left-hand lane. As a result, one motorcyclist was unable to slow down in time and hit the back of a trailer another motorcyclist was hauling. One motorcycle went into a median but regained control and the other motorcycle laid down as a result.
Information about motorcycle safety is important to motorcycle riders and the motor vehicle drivers they share the roadway with. This blog recently discussed the serious and potentially tragic dangers motorcyclists can face when motorists are careless. Government agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other groups, can provide information to help keep motorcyclists safe and other types of resources are available to motorcycle accident victims when they have been injured.
Motorcycle accident victims are not without legal recourse when harmed. A motorcycle accident in a neighboring Oklahoma community recently left a motorcyclist injured and in critical condition. The motorcycle accident involved a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle. According to the initial investigation of the motorcycle accident, the motorcyclist was traveling north when a vehicle pulled out in front of him. The passenger vehicle was making a left turn from a gas station in front of the oncoming motorcycle when the motorcycle hit the driver's side of the passenger vehicle. The 26-year-old victim was in critical condition following the motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle accidents can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. One way is through spinal cord injuries that can be suffered by motorcycle accident victims. It has been reported that 38 percent of spinal cord injuries can be attributed to motor vehicles accidents. It has been estimated that 12,500 new spinal cord injuries occur each year in the United States. Additionally, it is also estimated that between 240,000 to 337,000 victims of spinal cord injuries are currently living with their injuries in the U.S.
This blog recently discussed a fatal train accident that claimed the life of one man. Fatal accidents can include train accidents, car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. Any time a victim is lost in a fatal accident, family members are left with emotional challenges and pain and suffering, but may also be left with unexpected financial challenges. Wrongful death claims provide legal resources for families who have wrongfully suffered the loss of a loved one.
Half of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents, the driver of a motor vehicle failed to see the motorcycle and violated the motorcycle's right of way, causing the accident. Drivers who negligently injure, kill or otherwise harm motorcyclists because of a failure to yield may be liable to victims and their families for damages. As a result, it is important for drivers to be aware of safe driving practices that can help keep motorcyclists safe on the roadways.