Here in Alaska, we love our outdoor sports and activities. As summer rolls around, one of the favorite pastimes for many Alaskans is to take to the hills riding motorcycles and ATVs. For many people, there is no better way to experience the scenery and beauty of our state. In many cases, however, these trips can lead to a hospital emergency room—or worse.
Unfortunately, the numbers tell a dark story about how often motorcycle and ATV riders are seriously injured or killed when compared to passenger car occupants. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to die and four times more likely to be injured in a crash than the occupants of a passenger vehicle. This is due to the relatively unprotected nature of a motorcycle operator. Motorcycle riders, and particularly passengers sitting on the back of the motorcycle, are at a far higher risk of being thrown off the bike. This can lead to traumatic brain injury, with or without a helmet, and other serious injuries or even death. Furthermore, at least two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcycle operator but of another driver of a passenger car or truck.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports similar statistics for ATVs. Over a five-year period from 2015 to 2019, the CPSC estimated over half a million emergency-room visits for treatment of ATV-related injuries. Many of these injuries occurred when a car or truck struck an ATV.
It is fun to operate a motorcycle or ATV, but operators must exercise extreme caution to avoid becoming a victim of someone else’s negligence. A few things you can do to make yourself safer include:
If you have been the victim of a motorcycle or ATV crash, contact Barber & Associates today. We are here to help you protect your rights and recover compensation for your motorcycle or ATV injuries, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today to learn how we can help.
Barber & Associates, LLC has recovered more than 45 Million Dollars in verdicts and settlements for Injured Alaskans.
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