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Oklahoma motorcyclists: a vulnerable riding population

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

One proven Oklahoma legal source addressing motorcycling risks and injuries spotlights prevailing “excuses and stereotypes about motorcycle riders.”

If you are a biker, you’ve likely heard them all.

A representative list of offerings is long and varied.

To wit: Riders largely comprise an inadequately trained and inexperienced group. Motorcyclists routinely speed. They don’t follow lane-maneuvering protocols. Many riders operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Bikers don’t work enough to make themselves clearly visible on roadways.

Candidly, any of those complaints might hold water in a given case and be selectively argued by motorists in passenger vehicles.

Here’s an unalterable truth revealed by firmly vetted empirical evidence, though: Adverse motor vehicle outcomes involving motorcyclists in Oklahoma and nationally year after year owe primarily to third-party negligence.

The facts don’t lie. In most cases inflicting injury – often catastrophic, sometimes fatal – upon motorcyclists and their passengers, the central at-fault catalyst is another driver.

Some sobering motorcycle crash observations

The national Insurance Information Institute pays close and constant attention to motorcycling safety and risks. The III duly notes that, “Motorcyclists are by their nature far less crashworthy than closed vehicles.”

That is just flatly obvious, right? And it is certainly predictive of comparatively harsh outcomes for riders in a crash.

Here’s some hard evidence of that. Statistics supplied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore a stunning 5,014 motorcyclist deaths nationally during 2019. Extrapolated, that comes to more than a dozen fatalities on an “average” day – every single day of that year.

Bike crashes are egalitarian. That is, they target riders of every description. Accidents occur on every type of roadway, in all kinds of weather and at all times of the day.

And, as noted above, they often feature a litany of complaints and excuses from negligent driver and insurers that seek to minimize or evade outright legal culpability in a crash.

Responding proactively in the wake of a motorcycle crash

Motorcycle accident victims are far from powerless in the aftermath of an injury-causing bike accident. An experienced and results-oriented personal injury legal team can help to secure accountability and pursue a meaningful remedy marked by maximum compensation relevant to current and future needs.