If you are one of the many people in Alabama who loves to ride a motorcycle, you know not only how wonderful the feeling of being on two wheels is but also how many dangers you face when sharing the road with cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. From parked car doors opening in your path to lane changes made without considering your presence and beyond, there are many situations in which you are at a serious disadvantage around other vehicles.
Many people may believe that the motorcyclists who are injured or killed in accidents are young, reckless riders. However, that is far from the truth and records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show otherwise. In the five years spanning 2014 to 2018, the number of motorcyclists in their 40s was almost identical to the number of motorcyclists in their 20s who died. There were 92 fatalities among those in their 40s compared to 94 in their 20s.
Overall, a total of 404 bikers were killed in accidents between 2014 and 2018. Riders in their 30s represented 88 more of those deaths and riders in their 50s represented another 67 fatalities. Forty-three of the riders who died were 60 or older. The stereotype about young, reckless riders needs to be put to rest indeed.
If you would like to learn more about the importance of seeking help after a motorcycle accident and how to get the right help after you or someone you love has been involved in this type of accident, please feel free to visit the biker’s compensation page of our Alabama personal injury website.