On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Riding a motorcycle during the summer months can be exhilarating. Kentucky motorcyclists often head out onto the open road hoping for a peaceful ride. However, that peaceful ride can be abruptly halted by inattentive and reckless drivers.

According to Kentucky State Police, there have already been 31 motorcycle accidents this year along Kentucky roads. When motorcycle accidents do happen, drivers can suffer significant injuries or even die.

“Any crash with a motorcycle is going to be a severe crash,” a Kentucky State Police trooper said.

Other motorists who are inattentive often do not see motorcyclists. It is for that reason why officials recommend motorcycle drivers be extremely cautious.

Part of being cautious also means wearing a helmet. Although motorcycle drivers and riders are not required by law to wear helmets, it can protect them in the event that they are involved in an accident.

Certain people are required by law to wear a helmet, including people under the age of 21 as well as people who have had a permit or license for less than a year.

Although motorcyclists should drive cautiously, others drivers must also be careful. When drivers are distracted or speeding, terrible tragedies can occur. Because a motorcycle offers much less protection than a car, a motorcycle accident can be devastating.

Kentucky residents who are injured in a motorcycle accident have legal options to consider. If the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, they may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, make up for lost wages and for any pain and suffering.

Source: WYMT, “Police: motorcycle deaths up on KY roadways,” Paige Quiggins, June 18, 2012