I don’t think I can’t tell you enough how dangerous I think motorcycles are. Each time and every time I see one driving down the Sacramento freeway, I am just waiting for a horrible accident to happen. I can’t help it. Before you start thinking I am being overzealous please hear me through the end.
I was reading an article today on the media that confirmed this dread in me regarding motorcycles. In Irvine, Ca, a man on a motorcycle was changing lanes when his handlebar hit a tractor-trailer next to him. A small bump was all it took. His motorcycle swiftly swerved into and bounced off of a Mercedes-Benz, sending him back toward the tractor-trailer, which then ran over the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trust me, I know how much fun it would be to have the air in your hair, the freedom of the ride, the roar of the engine beneath your legs, but stories like this will always prevent me from riding a motorcycle. I witness the grief these types of accidents bring to families on a daily basis, at our law offices.
Here are some quick facts shared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on their website:
* 4008 motorcyclists have died in 2004
* 76,000 were also injured in 2004
* 1158 lives were saved by ensuring the use of helmets
* 640 lives could have been saved if the people involved were wearing helmets
* 1 in 3 motorcyclists that died in 2004 were speeding above limits
These numbers offer serious reasons for us to stop for a moment and reflect upon them. Many families experience grief due to motorcycle accidents. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, please give us a call here at the Law Office of Moseley Collins. We are here to help.
And remember, be careful out there.