Every year over 60,000 motorcyclists are injured and nearly 4,000 of those are killed in traffic accidents. A large percentage of these injuries and deaths could have been avoided if helmets were worn by the riders and passengers. Of those injured, 7,000 were between 15 and 20, and of those killed, 36% were between 16 and 29. Male riders made up 90% of those killed. If you have suffered serious injuries due to a motorcycle collision, please contact one of our skilled Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys today at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC.
In comparison to drivers and passengers in a car, motorcyclists are 21 times more likely to die in a crash and 50 times more like to be injured. Motorcycles account for less than 2% of registered vehicles in the United States, but weigh in at 85% of all traffic deaths.
Alcohol-related motorcycle accidents were 37% higher than for drivers of cars and trucks. The simple act of wearing a helmet reduces the rider’s risk of a deadly accident by 29%. In addition, it reduces the chance of a brain injury by 67%. Even though there is considerable documentation on the effectiveness of wearing a helmet, many riders still choose not to wear them.
As in all traffic accidents, it is essential to preserve all evidence and investigate the accident scene; in addition, expert witnesses and physicians need to completely evaluate all injuries. If you or a loved one is a victim of a motorcycle accident, call the attorneys at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, meaning we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds.