Risks to motorcyclists in Kentucky

Motorcyclists in Kentucky face potentially life-threatening dangers when sharing the road with other vehicles.

A Sunday night in Lexington proved to be the last for one 35-year old man. WKTY.com reported that while driving his motorcycle a sport utility vehicle turned in front of him, throwing his body from his bike. The victim died at the scene of the accident.

In another incident, Kentucky State Police arrested a pickup truck driver on multiple charges including murder and aggravated DUI after he struck a motorcycle with two people on it. The 24-year old driver of the motorcycle was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and was listed in critical condition. The 18-year old passenger died from her injuries.

According to Wave3.com, at least one injury was reported when a van collided with a motorcycle on Interstate 264. The crash happened on a Saturday evening and blocked the freeway for several hours.

Statistics confirm the risks

Motorcyclists by nature have less protection if involved in an accident than their counterparts in passenger vehicles. That can make the chance of death more likely for a motorcyclist. According to the information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were a total of 87 deaths in motorcycle accidents in Kentucky in 2012.

Of the motorcyclists who died, 28 were wearing helmets at the time of their accidents while 59 were not wearing helmets. While some people may believe that it is younger bikers who are more at risk for serious accidents, the statistics show that fatal crashes can happen at any age. Of the 87 motorcyclists who lost their lives in Kentucky in 2013, following is the age breakdown:

  • Four of the victims were under the age of 20.
  • Victims between 20 and 29 years old numbered 23.
  • There were 11 deaths involving people between 30 and 39 years old.
  • Another 16 fatalities included people between 40 and 49 years old.
  • Motorcyclists in their 50's accounted for another 18 deaths.

There were also 15 people who were 60 years of age or older that died in motorcycle crashes that year.

Jefferson County led the state with 21 motorcycle deaths. Kenton County and neighboring Boone and Grant Counties each experienced one fatality in a motorcycle crash.

What should motorcycle accident victims do?

Any time that a motorcyclist is injured or killed by another driver, victims or family members should seek help from an experienced attorney. Getting professional guidance from the outset can make a big difference in the ability to receive the appropriate amount of compensation.

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