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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle deaths in 2012 increased in 34 states and were up 9% nationwide over 2011, rising to more than 5,000 deaths. Although total traffic fatalities decreased significantly during the same time period, motorcycle fatalities have increased in 14 out of the last 15 years; in 1997, there were just 2,116 motorcycle deaths, less than half of the 2012 total.

Many of these deaths could have been prevented if more motorcycle riders and their passengers wore helmets. Wearing a helmet lowers a motorcycle rider's risk of fatal injury by 37 percent. Despite the documented effectiveness of helmets, many motorcyclists choose not to wear them, especially when state laws don't require helmet use. Louisiana reinstated its helmet law in 2004, however, less than half of the states require helmet use by riders of all ages. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,784 motorcyclists in 2007. And if all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 800 lives could have been saved.

When motorcycles crash with other vehicles, the other vehicle driver usually violates the motorcyclist's right-of-way (NHTSA statistics 2011b). Motorcycles and motorcyclists are smaller visual targets than cars or trucks and drivers may not expect to see motorcycles on the road.

As always, the best way to avoid injury is to not be involved in an accident in the first place. This is best achieved by being wary of other drivers, not taking unnecessary risks, and obeying the rules of the road at all times.

When a motorcyclist is killed because the driver of some other vehicle made a mistake, the victim's family may have legal recourse. While no amount of money can ever replace a loved one, a wrongful death award can help cover medical bills, loss of future earnings, funeral expenses and other costs. If you are one of the thousands of Americans who have lost someone in a motorcycle accident, call the Law Office of Kenneth G. Miller at 337-289-1300 to pursue the compensation you deserve.

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Law Office of
Kenneth G. Miller

111 Mercury Street
Suite C
Lafayette, LA 70503

Phone: 337-289-1300
Toll Free: 800-521-3849

Fax: 337-289-1302
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