According to the Salt Lake Tribune, two were critically injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday around 9:40 pm. Police say that the motorcycle crashed into a wall. Both people, whose identities were not released, were taken to the hospital.
Thankfully, no one was killed in this incident. However, unfortunately, many motorcyclists die each year in the US. If you find yourself in a situation where you or someone else was injured due to a motorcycle accident, experienced lawyers such as the Woodson Law Firm can help victims recover from their accidents.
Some evidence implies that this statistic may only get worse with time. According to an article on the Examiner’s website, deadly accidents are not decreasing. In fact, helmets, which are the best indicator of whether or not motorcyclists will survive a crash, are being used steadily less in the past decade. In 2000, 71% of motorcyclists wore a helmet; by 2007, that number had declined to 58%.
This may be directly linked to the increasing motorcyclist fatality rate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a study that states that there was a 2% increase in motorcycle fatalities from 2010 to 2012. More disturbing still, the same study states that 42% of motorcyclists who died in a single vehicle crash had a BAC over .8.
Clearly, motorcyclists should take more precaution before hitting the road. Pohl & Berk, LLP’s website notes that drinking, speeding, and not wearing a helmet may seem like small decisions at the time, but those actions may lead to serious injury or even death. If you or a loved one were harmed in a motorcycle accident, and believe another party was responsible for the damage, it may be smart to seek legal representation.
Driving a motorcycle has inherit dangers and motorcycle accidents are much more common than regular car accidents. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact a personal injury attorney today. They will be able to guide you through your case.