Recent reports from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association contain troubling news for motorcycle riders. Unfortunately, the data shows a significant increase in deaths among motorcyclists in 2015. The increase was so substantial that GHSA is calling it a “surge” in the fatality rate. As summer approaches and more motorcycle riders are out on the roads, everyone needs to be aware of this surge and try to prevent a similar rise in death rates in 2016.
If a motorcycle accident does occur and the motorcyclist or any other party in the crash is killed, it is important for the family of the victim to consult with an Atlanta car accident lawyer.
An attorney can also help in the case of non-fatal injuries. A personal injury or wrongful death claim could potentially help victims and family members get compensation for losses they have experienced, if they can prove the other motorist was to blame for causing a motorcycle crash to occur.
Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Risks a Major Concern for Riders
According to the GHSA report, more than 5,000 people lost their lives in 2015 due to motorcycle accidents. The final data is not yet available, but the total number of fatalities is expected to be around 5010 deaths. This is around a 10 percent increase in the number of fatalities in motorcycle accidents compared with in 2014.
Over the course of 2015, more than 450 additional deaths occurred in motorcycle crashes compared with the prior year. This is just the third year in the entire history of the United States when the number of people killed in motorcycle crashes exceeded 5,000 deaths. There has not been another year with 5,000 or more people dying in motorcycle accidents since before 2008.
Deaths among motorcycle riders increased in 31 different states based on the preliminary figures submitted to analyze fatality rates. There were only 16 states where there was a decrease in the number of people who died while on a motorcycle. In three states, and in D.C., the number of deaths in motorcycle crashes remained the same in 2015 as compared with in 2014.
The author of the GHSA report warned: “These sobering findings provide a stark reminder of how susceptible motorcyclists are to fatal and life-threatening injuries. The risk of motorcycle crashes and fatalities is compounded by factors such as alcohol and drug use, increased speed limits, the repeal of state helmet laws, and a record number of vehicles on U.S. roads. Concerted efforts are needed to reduce this tragic loss of life.”
Experts recommend stricter helmet laws to reduce the chances of death when a crash happens. Still, regardless of whether a helmet was worn or not, a motorcycle crash victim can try to obtain compensation from the driver who caused the crash to occur.
Getting Help from an Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The losses caused by a motorcycle crash can be devastating, especially if you are left coping with a loved one who has passed away. Contact an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer to learn about your options for pursuing compensation for these immeasurable losses.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a collision. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.