While it is encouraging news that motorcycle accident fatalities decreased in 2013, thousands of cyclists still lose their lives every year through no fault of their own.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) January 11, 2015
Commenting on a Los Angeles Times article about the results of a National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) survey that found motorcyclist fatalities to have decreased between 2012 and 2013, Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney Randall Flager today said the decline is certainly good news but more work needs to be done to prevent motorcycle accidents on Pennsylvania roadways.
Flager, founding attorney at Flager & Associates, based his comments on a January 5 article, “Motorcycle deaths are down sharply, NHTSA report says.” The article revealed NHTSA survey results finding motorcyclist fatalities to have declined to 4,668 in 2013, from 4,986 in 2012, representing only the second decrease in annual cyclist fatalities since 1997.
“While it is encouraging news that motorcycle accident fatalities decreased in 2013, thousands of cyclists still lose their lives every year through no fault of their own,” Flager said. “In Pennsylvania alone, the NHTSA reported more than 180 motorcycle accident fatalities over the course of 2013. Unfortunately, many of these accidents may have been preventable if not for the negligent behavior of the driver of a larger motor vehicle.”
According to the LA Times, motorcyclists ages 50 to 69 experienced a 60 percent decrease in fatalities from 2012 to 2013. The article notes that this age demographic includes the highest percentage of motorcycle riders.
However, according to the article, the NHTSA survey found that while cyclist fatalities decreased, these fatalities represent a greater share of total motor vehicle accident fatalities nationwide. Motorcycle accident fatalities in 2013 accounted for 14 percent of all traffic deaths, the article said, a nine percent increase from a decade ago.
“While cars and trucks continue to become safer, little can be done to protect a motorcyclist from an impact. That’s why it’s so important for drivers of larger vehicles to remain aware of motorcyclists on Pennsylvania roadways,” Flager said. “It’s not enough for drivers involved in accidents to claim they ‘failed to see’ a motorcycle. When drivers are involved in accidents due to their own careless behavior – such as driving drunk or distracted – they need to be held accountable for their actions. We can help.”
About Flager & Associates
With offices in Trevose, New Hope, Philadelphia, and New Jersey, experienced personal injury law firm Flager & Associates serves the legal needs of accident victims throughout the five-county area. Working tirelessly to protect the rights of injury victims involved in car and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog attacks, and many other types of personal injury cases, Flager & Associates has a well-earned reputation as a Philadelphia law firm that fights diligently to earn clients the compensation they deserve. An AV-rated Philadelphia personal injury attorney, Randall Flager is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reserved for a small percentage of trial attorneys who have obtained settlements or verdicts totaling over $1 million for their clients.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, discuss your legal options with a Philadelphia personal injury attorney. Call Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 for a free case evaluation.
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