July 13, 2012
One of the most detailed studies ever conducted on Motorcycle Accident Safety, The Hurt Report, found that motorcyclists who were wearing helmets at the time of an accident were more than 50 percent as likely to survive the crash. Helmeted riders were also less likely to suffer serious injuries. The report also found that a majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by automobile drivers failing to yield the right-of-way, often because the driver simply didn’t see the rider.
An automobile caused one such motorcycle accident last Monday afternoon in Livingston, New York. According to The-Leader, a man and a woman were riding a motorcycle on Route 82 when they began to slow down in order to make a right turn. Unfortunately though, a vehicle behind them failed to recognize the bike slowing down and plowed into its rear-end.
The man and woman riding the bike were taken to a local hospital, where the male remains in stable condition. The female victim died from her injuries a short time after arriving at the facility. Authorities say the man is only alive today because of the helmet he was wearing at the time of the accident.
The Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Injury Lawyers would like to not only remind bikers to always wear a helmet when riding, but also eye protection. In fact, 73 percent of riders in accidents did nothing to protect this vital function of the body.