Most motorcyclists are responsible and ride defensively. But what starts out as a carefree ride can become tragic in an instant, often through no fault of the rider.
Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
Recent Tulsa motorcycle accidents mirror a rising trend in overall Oklahoma motorcycle deaths, Tulsa accident attorney Jeff Martin said today. The personal injury attorney cautions bikers to be vigilant about distracted drivers on the road.
According to a report released in 2012 by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, entitled “FY2012 Performance Plan and Highway Safety Plan,” in 2006 there were 64 Oklahoma motorcyclist fatalities and 108 biker deaths three years later. In 1990, only 40 motorcyclist deaths were recorded, according to the report. Of the 108 Oklahoma motorcycle crash deaths in 2009, the report states, 78 of them involved bikers who were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
The OHSO also reports that in 2010 there were 1,377 Oklahoma motorcyclist injuries, which was the second highest rate since the study began ten years earlier. Two-vehicle collisions were the cause of over fifty percent of Oklahoma motorcycle crashes that same year.
Tulsa motorcycle accident lawyer Jeff Martin said the statistics on motorcycle safety are “shocking.”
“Most motorcyclists are responsible and ride defensively,” Martin said. “But what starts out as a carefree ride can become tragic in an instant, often through no fault of the rider. Motorcycle riders are also 300 percent more likely to get injured than occupants of a car involved in the same motor vehicle crash. In many cases, the motorcyclist sustains seriously injuries while the driver of the other car, who may have been at fault, walks away unscathed.”
Martin said many factors contribute to the rise in motorcyclist injuries and deaths, ranging from distracted driving crashes to drunk driver collisions to bikers not wearing helmets. In one recent motorcycle accident fatality, as reported in January 27, 2012 article in Tulsa World, the motorcyclist was proceeding through a green light at an intersection when a truck pulled out into the motorcyclist’s path. The biker ran directly into the side of the truck, was thrown from his bike and slid across the pavement, according to the article. The motorcyclist died in the hospital after being rushed away from the accident scene in an ambulance, Tulsa World reported.
“The negligence of another driver often is a factor in a serious motorcycle accident,” Martin said. “When the negligence of another driver is involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s crucial to talk with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Unfortunately, injured motorcyclists, or the families of motorcyclists who were killed, often don’t get all the compensation they deserve without the help of a legal professional.”
Martin said anyone with motorcycle crash injuries can arrange a free consultation with an accident lawyer by calling 1-800-980-9205 or visiting http://www.jeffmartinlaw.com.
About the Law Offices of Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin has been a personal injury attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma for over two decades. He and his colleagues at the Law Offices of Jeff Martin are known for aggressive, reliable representation and they have successfully sued big insurance companies and other corporations when clients’ personal injury cases could not be settled out of court.
The Law Offices of Jeff Martin is located at 4815 S. Harvard, Suite# 380, Tulsa, OK 74135.