Oklahoma is a great place for motorcyclists. The long stretches of open highway and the relatively mild weather make for great riding. However, if you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident, you know that this seemingly harmless pastime can have devastating consequences. Sadly, as the statistics show, motorcycle accidents are far too common. They also lead to dozens of fatalities each year. The attorneys at The Tawwater Law Firm provide aggressive legal representation for those injured in motorcycle accidents. We will investigate the circumstances of your case and fight to obtain financial compensation.
The Prevalence of Motorcycle Accidents
The statistics regarding motorcycle accidents reveals the alarming frequency of these incidents. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office:
- There were 1541 motorcycle crashes in 2013.
- Of those accidents, 92 were fatal. 330 of the incidents involved incapacitating injuries.
- 595 accidents occurred on city streets. 218 happened on interstate highways.
- Motorcycle accidents are most common during the summer months. 202 accidents occurred in September, and 200 happened in June. The numbers were similar in May, July, and August.
- Accidents are least likely to occur in the winter. There were only 35 December accidents in 2013.
- Motorcycle accidents are most common in daylight; 5 to 6 pm is the peak hour for these incidents.
Who Are the Accident Victims?
Motorcycle accidents can affect a wide range of people. However, they are most likely to take a toll on young to middle-aged men. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reports that 1297 men were involved in motorcycle accidents in 2013. In contrast, only 228 women were involved in these crashes. 189 individuals in motorcycle accidents were between the ages of 21 and 25. The next most common age for crashes is 46 to 50, in which 183 individuals were involved. After age 65, motorcycle accidents drop off sharply.
The Statistics Regarding Helmets and Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists have very little protection on the roads. Therefore, such accidents pose a high risk for severe and fatal injuries. Nevertheless, wearing a helmet can dramatically reduce the risk of death or traumatic brain injury. According to 2011 data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, 81 percent of those killed in motorcycle accidents were not wearing helmets at the time. In our state, motorcyclists age 18 and above are not required to wear helmets. However, as you can see, they are one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself on the roads.
Were You Injured in a Motorcycle Crash?
If you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. When you begin your legal battle immediately, it is easier to prove liability through police reports and reliable eye witness accounts. Then you are more likely to obtain the full amount of compensation that you deserve. Though money cannot restore your health or lost loved one, it can help cover medical and property bills. Then you can focus on the most important things - your physical and emotional healing.
Contact The Tawwater Law Firm
Our attorneys provide hard-hitting, yet compassionate, legal assistance. Contact us today for a case evaluation.