A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association projected that more than 5,000 motorcyclists died in accidents in 2012, an increase of nearly 9 percent. If this projection is correct, this would mark the 14th year out of the last 15 years that the number of motorcycle accident deaths increased.
Georgia is part of the national trend of increasing fatal motorcycle accidents. In Georgia, 96 motorcyclists died in crashes in the first nine months of 2012, an increase of more than 5 percent from the same period a year earlier, the GHSA report shows. Every year, a significant portion of the state’s motorcyclist fatalities occur in the Atlanta metro area, which includes Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County and DeKalb County.
The economy played a large part in the number of motorcycle accidents, according to the report, because more people had disposable income in 2012 to buy and ride motorcycles. Also, because gas prices were high, people purchased more fuel-efficient vehicles, including motorcycles.
The report cites these main causes of motorcyclist fatalities:
- Lack of helmets
- Impaired driving
- Lack of operator training
- Collisions with other vehicles
The report strongly recommends that states focus on these issues to reduce the large number of deaths.
If you ride a motorcycle and were hurt in a traffic crash caused by another driver, you could be entitled to compensation. Once your medical needs are attended to, you should seriously consider talking to a lawyer to explore your legal options.
The accident attorneys at the James M. Poe law firm will work to help you obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and other costs. Contact us today so we can start on your case and get you the money you deserve. There are time limits for filing personal injury lawsuits, so do not delay.