Keep Your Guard Up as Motorcycle Season Starts
As we head into March, the weather is warming up across the country. As the sunny days become more common, more and more riders will hop on their motorcycles to experience the freedom that comes with two wheel travel.
Statistically, however, you’re more likely to be injured or killed in a fatal motorcycle accident than ever before. The reason isn’t shocking, but the fact that it’s still a big issue is.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Over the Years
Technology and our understanding of the human body have played huge roles in reducing the number of traffic fatalities. Generally speaking, the newer the vehicle, the safer the vehicle. When it comes to motorcycles it’s not as much about the vehicle, but about the safety gear that is worn (and laws surrounding helmets).
In the 1980’s and the 1990’s there was a steady decline in the number of fatal motorcycle accidents. Year after year the downward trend continued. In the 1990’s annual deaths were as low as 2,116 (1997). But then in the year 2000 the numbers started going back up at an alarming rate.
By 2008 annual deaths had surged over 5,300. As of 2019 they continue to fluctuate near 5,000 fatal motorcycle accidents per year.
The cause is one that is the culprit of many other accidents in the last two decades.
The Disturbing, and Preventable, Cause of these Deaths
Just as technology is given credit for saving many lives, it is also the culprit for taking them as well.
Around the year 2000 cell phones became popular and available to the masses. By 2008, smart phones were becoming ubiquitous.
As more motor vehicle drivers had their heads buried in their phones, they didn’t see the already easy to miss motorcyclist.
Distracted driving has become a huge problem with many accidents over the years. It is not a shocking concept, but the fact that the problem continues to grow is an issue. To combat this problem a firm commitment from every driver is necessary so that we can see the fatal motorcycle accident numbers again decline.
Herbert & Eberstein Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Texas
The sad truth is that most motorcycle accidents end with severe injuries or death. Unlike those in a car, it’s not likely the biker will walk away with minor bumps and bruises.
If you, or a loved one, have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you will need an experienced accident attorney on your side to help you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Your life has been turned upside down, and with the help of Herbert & Eberstein, you can get it flipped back upright again.