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Atlanta Accident Lawyer Shares 5 Surprising Motorcycle Crash Statistics

Motorcycle accidents are often far more devastating than car crashes because motorcycles provide much less protection in the event of a collision. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to reduce the number of fatal motorcycle collisions is by enforcing a universal helmet law.

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Helmets can reduce the risk of a fatal collision by 37 percent. Additionally, they reduce the risk of serious head injuries by 69 percent.

 

Unfortunately, even if you wear a helmet and ride defensively, all it takes is one drunk or distracted driver to cause a severe crash. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle wreck that another person caused, contact The Finnell Firm. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free initial consultation with an accident lawyer in Atlanta.

 

Let's take a look at five surprising motorcycle crash statistics:

 

1. Fatal Crashes Are on the Rise

 

Despite advancements in helmet technology and protective riding gear, fatal motorcycle crashes are on the rise. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the number of motorcycle deaths declined between the early 1980s and the late 1990s.

 

The number of fatal motorcycle collisions started increasing again in 1998, and there were more than twice as many deaths in 2015 as there were in 1997.

 

2. There Are More Fatalities in July Than in Any Other Month

 

The IIHS also reported that 60 percent of fatal motorcycle collisions occur between May and September. The number of fatalities peak in July and are at their lowest in February.

 

3. Only 19 States Enforce Universal Helmet Laws

 

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, only 19 states enforce a universal helmet law, which requires all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. A universal helmet law was enacted in Georgia in 1969. Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire do not have any helmet laws for motorcycle riders whatsoever.

 

4. The Number of Motorcycle Injuries Is Declining

 

Despite the fact that motorcycle fatalities are on the rise, the number of serious injuries is actually declining. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 92,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2014. In 2015, that number dropped 4.2 percent to 88,000.

 

5. All-Terrain Vehicles Are Posing a Problem, Too

 

The IIHS reports that although all-terrain vehicles are not suitable to drive on the highway, more than 300 riders are in fatal collisions on public roads annually. These are not the only vehicles that pose problems on Georgia roads. According to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, there have also been fatal collisions between fast-moving cars and slow-moving farm equipment in recent years.

 

If you or a member of your family was hurt by a negligent driver in Georgia, contact The Finnell Firm. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and non-economic damages.

 

Robert Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years. Call 866-464-4017 today to schedule a free consultation with a personal-injury attorney in Atlanta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Motorcycle accidents are often far more devastating than car crashes because motorcycles provide much less protection in the event of a collision. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to reduce the number of fatal motorcycle collisions is by enforcing a universal helmet law.

 

Helmets can reduce the risk of a fatal collision by 37 percent. Additionally, they reduce the risk of serious head injuries by 69 percent.

 

Unfortunately, even if you wear a helmet and ride defensively, all it takes is one drunk or distracted driver to cause a severe crash. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle wreck that another person caused, contact The Finnell Firm. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free initial consultation with an accident lawyer in Atlanta.

 

Let's take a look at five surprising motorcycle crash statistics:

 

1. Fatal Crashes Are on the Rise

 

Despite advancements in helmet technology and protective riding gear, fatal motorcycle crashes are on the rise. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the number of motorcycle deaths declined between the early 1980s and the late 1990s.

 

The number of fatal motorcycle collisions started increasing again in 1998, and there were more than twice as many deaths in 2015 as there were in 1997.

 

2. There Are More Fatalities in July Than in Any Other Month

 

The IIHS also reported that 60 percent of fatal motorcycle collisions occur between May and September. The number of fatalities peak in July and are at their lowest in February.

 

3. Only 19 States Enforce Universal Helmet Laws

 

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, only 19 states enforce a universal helmet law, which requires all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. A universal helmet law was enacted in Georgia in 1969. Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire do not have any helmet laws for motorcycle riders whatsoever.

 

4. The Number of Motorcycle Injuries Is Declining

 

Despite the fact that motorcycle fatalities are on the rise, the number of serious injuries is actually declining. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 92,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2014. In 2015, that number dropped 4.2 percent to 88,000.

 

5. All-Terrain Vehicles Are Posing a Problem, Too

 

The IIHS reports that although all-terrain vehicles are not suitable to drive on the highway, more than 300 riders are in fatal collisions on public roads annually. These are not the only vehicles that pose problems on Georgia roads. According to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, there have also been fatal collisions between fast-moving cars and slow-moving farm equipment in recent years.

 

If you or a member of your family was hurt by a negligent driver in Georgia, contact The Finnell Firm. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and non-economic damages.

 

Robert Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years. Call 866-464-4017 today to schedule a free consultation with a personal-injury attorney in Atlanta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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