Written by attorney Julie A Butcher

Kentucky Motorcycle Wrecks: the Statistics are Not Good!

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

In 2011, there were 104,576 motorcycles registered in Kentucky. According to Kentucky State Police statistics, 1,884 were involved in collisions that year, injuring 1,145 people. On a national basis, each year more than 80,000 motorcyclists are injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

While some lucky motorcycle accident victims will suffer relatively minor injuries, most face severe or life-threatening injuries such as:

  • Broken bones / fractures
  • Severe injury to lower extremities, some requiring amputation
  • Painful skin abrasions (road rash)
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Spinal cord & neck injuries
  • Closed head injury / traumatic brain injury.

Injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can also be emotionally and financially draining. Often, those who are seriously injured are unable to work – at least for a period of time. You and your family deserve compensation if your accident was caused by another driver. The experienced, compassionate professionals of the Julie Butcher Law Office will help you work toward regaining your independence.

Motorcycle Accident Fatalities

While motorcycles represented only 1% of the vehicles in all Kentucky collisions in 2011, they represented 8% of the vehicles in fatal collisions. The NHTSA statistics show that each year more than 4,500 people across the country are killed in motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are about 30 times more likely to die in a crash than those in passenger cars.

In the state of Kentucky in 2011, 72 motorcyclists died in highway accidents; 42 were not wearing a helmet, according to the Kentucky State Police. The NHTSA estimates that helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 41 percent for motorcycle passengers. We urge everyone who rides on a motorcycle to wear a DOT-compliant helmet.

If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident that was caused by an inattentive driver, or a driver who failed to follow the rules for sharing the road with cycles, you may seek compensation in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit.

Help You Need, From an Experienced Kentucky Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured in an motorcycle accident that happened because someone else was negligent or reckless, we are here to help you get the compensation that will enable you to move ahead in your life. When you call the Julie Butcher Law Office, you will get our full attention. We will listen intently, investigate thoroughly, and provide you with aggressive representation.

For more than 20 years the professionals of the Julie Butcher Law Office have been helping personal injury victims throughout the Bluegrass State to recover the compensation they deserve. When you entrust your problems to us, you’ll get compassion, integrity and results.

Under Kentucky law some personal injury actions must be brought within one year. So it’s important that you act without delay in order to protect your rights to compensation. Call us today at our local number -- (859) 233-3641. Or use our toll-free number -- 866-77JULIE.

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