The suffering caused by motorcycle accidents can be extensive. In Oklahoma during 2013, there were a total of 87 fatal motorcycle accidents that resulted in a total of 92 motorcyclist fatalities. The total for 2013 compares to 80 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2012, 88 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2011, 73 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2010 and 102 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2009. Additionally, in 2013 in Oklahoma, a total of 821 serious injury motorcycle accidents resulted in a total of 902 seriously injured motorcyclists.
While the number of accidents can be a surprising statistic, unfortunately some of these accidents result in fatalities. The total number of motorcycle accident fatalities in Oklahoma for 2013, which was 92 total motorcycle accident fatalities, compares to 83 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2012, 95 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2011, 75 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2010 and 105 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2009. The harm suffered by motorcycle accident victims is revealed through statistics that illuminate the dangers motorcyclists can face in Oklahoma and oftentimes elsewhere, as well.
Overall, in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, the other vehicle violated the motorcyclist’s right of way and caused the motorcycle accident. When a motorcycle accident has been caused by an inattentive driver who failed to observe the motorcyclist, causing an accident, options may be available to motorcycle accident victims and their families. Victims who survive may suffer catastrophic injuries and family members of victims lost in a motorcycle accident may suffer significant damages, as well.
Because of the extensive nature of the harm that victims may suffer in a motorcycle accident, legal options to help them recover damages for their injuries or losses may be available to victims and their families. It is helpful for victims to be familiar with the rights and resources that may be available to them during a difficult time.
Source: OK.gov, “Motorcyclists in Crashes (2013),” accessed May 25, 2015