Motorcycle accidents can alter the lives of victims in an instant. A fatal motorcycle accident in a nearby community northeast of Oklahoma City recently claimed the life of one motorcycle rider and injured another. The fatal motorcycle accident occurred when a wrecker vehicle pulled out of a gas station and was hit from behind by an oncoming motorcycle. The passenger on one of the motorcycles involved in the motorcycle accident was killed and another motorcycle rider on another motorcycle involved in the motorcycle accident was taken to the hospital.
Unfortunately, in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents, the driver of another vehicle fails to see the motorcycle and violates the motorcyclist’s right of way, causing the accident. Motorcycle riders are uniquely vulnerable on the roadways because they lack protections similar to motor vehicles and are often not spotted by inattentive drivers. The results of a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic and motorcycle accident victims can suffer serious injuries and death.
Motorcycle riders are generally 26 times more likely to die in a car accident than passengers of motor vehicles and are 5 times more likely to be injured in a car accident than passengers of motor vehicles. The fatality rate for motorcyclists has doubled since 1999, while, at the same time, fatalities for drivers and passengers in motor vehicles have steadily declined. Because of their vulnerability to harm, motorcycle accident victims, and their families, may suffer a number of physical, financial and emotional damages associated with a motorcycle accident.
Victims of motorcycle accidents, and their families, are protected by legal options that provide for recovery of damages from a negligent driver when they have suffered harm in a motorcycle accident. It is important that motorcycle accident victims and their families are familiar with the resources available to them when they have been harmed in a motorcycle accident.
Source: KTUL.com, “One dead after a fatal accident near 11th and Sheridan,” Kameilla Weatherall, Jan. 3, 2016