Motorcycle riders have some good news as the motorcycle season gets under way. The number of motorcycle deaths declined nationally by 2 percent in 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. In Illinois, motorcycle fatalities dropped by 6 percent, from 114 to 107.
At the Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we have a long history of representing victims of motorcycle accidents and families who have lost loved ones. We are very pleased to see any drop in the number of motorcycle accident deaths. At the Slocumb Law Firm, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Chicago have seen first hand how injuries can destroy the quality of lives. We have listened to families who have been devastated because they lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident. If you lost a loved one or were injured due to someone’s negligence, talk to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Chicago. Call 1-800-HURTLINE. Our personal injury attorneys serve victims in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Alabama, and Baltimore.
The new study, released in April by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), examines statistics in states throughout the country. The GHSA predicts that about half of the states will experience declines in motorcycle accident deaths. Some will have dramatic drops, such as Oregon and Oklahoma, which are down 27 percent and 30 percent, respectively.
Some states experienced increase in motorcycle accident deaths
In Georgia, motorcycle deaths fell by about 13 percent, from 112 to 98. Unfortunately, about half the states are experiencing an increase in motorcycle fatalities. They include Alabama, which jumped 11 percent, from 62 to 69.
The report highlights some troubling trends. While the decrease is good news, the drop in deaths is far less dramatic than a year earlier, which experienced a 16 percent decline from the previous years. Also, motorcycle deaths actually increased in the third quarter by about 3 percent, and motorcycle helmet use has dropped from 67 percent in 2009 to 54 percent in 2010.
The GHSA recommends states focus on motorcycle safety efforts, such as:
- Increasing helmet use
- Reducing driving under the influence (DUI)
- Reducing speeding
- Providing operator training for all motorcyclists who need or seek it
How a motorcycle accident lawyer in Chicago can help
At the Slocumb Law Firm, we certainly hope to see the trend toward fewer motorcycle accident deaths continue in future years. Unfortunately, accidents continue to happen to motorcyclists through no fault of their own. If you were injured or a loved one sustained a fatal injury, contact an aggressive motorcycle accident attorney in Chicago. Let a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer put experience and resources to work for you.