The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has received a grant from the state’s Department of Transportation, which will be used to provide free one-day motorcycle safety classes to riders throughout the state. This move by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was put into effect in an effort to minimize the traumatic injury and tragic loss of life caused …
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has received a grant from the state’s Department of Transportation, which will be used to provide free one-day motorcycle safety classes to riders throughout the state. This move by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was put into effect in an effort to minimize the traumatic injury and tragic loss of life caused by motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma each year. Motorcycle riders are encouraged to take advantage of the free safety course to protect themselves from the needless injuries and fatalities caused by motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma. If you have been injured in a Oklahoma motorcycle accident, or if you lost a loved one in such an accident, contact our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center today.
Rate of Motorcycle Accidents in Oklahoma and U.S.
On average, more than 1,300 people are injured in motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma each year; the number of fatalities resulting from Oklahoma motorcycle accidents increased from 75 to 94 between 2010 and 2011. The free, one-day training classes offered by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will be take place throughout the state for a duration of nine hours. Troopers will offer advice and instruction on the basics of safely riding a motorcycle in Oklahoma, including sharing OK roadways with larger vehicles, executing safe lane changes, and wearing appropriate and safe apparel when riding a motorcycle.
Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries Caused by Negligence
The motorcycle safety grant will last for three years, during which the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety hope to reduce the incidence of injury and fatality caused by OK motorcycle accidents. Nearly half of all motorcycle accidents in the United States occur when a motorcycle runs off the road, often caused by another vehicle attempting to change lanes without seeing the motorcycle, or by a vehicle following too closely behind a motorcycle. Approximately 3,000 people are killed in the U.S. each year due to motorcycle accidents and injuries, about 82% of which occur because the rider was not wearing a helmet. Of all the motorcycle fatalities in which a helmet was not worn, 70% are caused by head injuries, compared to 36% for riders wearing helmets.
Motorcycle Riders at Increased Risk of Injury and Death
According to national statistics, per mile traveled, motorcycle riders are a shocking 35 times more likely to be killed in an accident than occupants in a passenger car. For those riders that survive motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma, the most common injuries they may sustain include traumatic brain injury, head and neck injury, back injury, lacerations, broken bones, spinal cord injury and loss of limb injury. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious injury caused by an Oklahoma motorcycle accident, contact our qualified motorcycle accident attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center to explore your compensation options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault person in order to pursue fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.