Motorcycle accidents seriously and fatally injure far too many Oklahoma residents every year. The statistics below are disturbing about motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma:
- According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, there were nearly 15,000 motorcycle crashes in Oklahoma in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available.
- 1,184 riders were injured in motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma in 2014.
- 55 Oklahoma riders were fatally injured in 2014.
Just this past week alone, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that a motorcyclist not wearing a helmet was seriously injured on Highway 169 in Tulsa. Police reported that the rider was traveling at unsafe speeds when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a barrier wall late Saturday night.
The rider survived the crash but was admitted to a local hospital with serious injuries to his head, leg, arm, and more. He was reportedly in critical condition after the accident.
Many motorcycle accidents are preventable and can be avoided when motorcyclists and other drivers follow the proper safety precautions. However, even when riders take all the proper safety precautions on the road, accidents can still happen.
In Oklahoma, motorcyclists above the age of 17 are not required by state law to wear a helmet while riding. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in their most recent traffic accident data, that there were 10 times more motorcycle accident fatalities in states without universal helmet laws, including Oklahoma than in states where all riders are required to wear a helmet. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also estimates that wearing a helmet reduces a rider’s risk of death by as much as 37%.
Wearing a motorcycle helmet while riding has been proven to drastically reduce a rider’s risk of serious injury and death.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, call Graves McLain at 918-359-6600. When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Tulsa, Oklahoma Motorcycle Accident attorneys absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your situation and fight to protect your rights.
When you trust Graves McLain to handle your accident or serious injury, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front. We take all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid until you do.
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