On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

People in Kentucky who dream of one day driving a motorcycle likely think of how peaceful it will be to ride down the open road. However, reckless drivers can ruin a person’s peaceful ride, cause serious injuries and even death.

It is for that reason why it is important for new motorcycle drivers to be properly trained. Studies show that a motorcyclist’s first year on the road is the most dangerous. In fact, according to the vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute, a motorcyclist’s first month on the road is about four times more dangerous than their second year.

Not surprisingly, there is evidence that the more experience a motorcyclist has the less likely they are to crash. A study of motorcycle crashes between 2003 and 2007 showed that of the nearly 57,000 crashes, about 22 percent occurred within a driver’s first 30 days. After six months, that rate dropped by about two-thirds.

Next month is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The initiative is aimed at helping motorists and motorcyclists responsibly share the road with each other. By getting the proper training, every driver on the road is working to do what they can to keep others safe.

When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, however, they would likely benefit from consulting with an experienced attorney. If the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence they may be eligible for compensation to cover the cost of medical care, lost wages and for any pain and suffering endured as a result of the accident.

Source: The Republic, “Motorcycle crash risk drops sharply after the first month on the road,” Michael Virtanen, April 15, 2012