A Tennessee man riding his motorcycle on a north Alabama road in the morning hours was found dead after his motorcycle struck and killed a cow. Around 1 a.m. i n the morning, the motorcycle hit a cow that was standing in the middle of the road.
In all likelihood, the late morning hours reduced road visibility, making it difficult for the motorcyclist to see the cow. Just a month prior to the cow accident, an Alabama motorcyclist collided with an 18-wheeler on I-22 West and was killed.
The moral of both these tragic stories is a simple one that motorcycle enthusiasts know all too well. The greatest dangers facing motorcyclists are other motorists and other road hazards that are difficult to spot. As such, these horrific stories serve as a sobering reminder of the need for Alabama motorcyclists to practice defensive driving.
Other vehicles have a hard time spotting motorcycles at intersections or when the biker changes lanes. Worse, texting and similar distractions only serve to increase the dangers and risks of careful motorcyclists.
When crashes do occur, the risk of death is far more likely for a motorcyclist when compared with a traditional motorist. Per registered vehicle, the fatality rate for 2014 motorcyclists was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants, according to NHTSA data.
Recent Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle fatalities are also on the rise in Alabama, not just nationally. 76 Alabamans died in motorcycle accidents in 2014, and 77 more residents were lost in 2015. Combine the facts concerning motorcycle accidents with the reality that Alabama residents are twice as likely to die in car accidents, and the lesson is clear: All Alabama motorcyclists and drivers must practice defensive driving and abstain from drinking to reduce the risk of needless accidents and deaths.
As a motorcycle enthusiast himself, Alabama accident attorney Noel B. Leonard has firsthand knowledge regarding the importance of motorcycle safety. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Alabama motorcycle crash, Noel B. Leonard will help you determine whether you have a legal case to hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions.
Noel B. Leonard will fight for your right to legal compensation so that you can be made whole for injuries suffered and/or the loss of a loved one. From his Foley office, Noel represents injured motorcycle accident victims and their loved ones in Foley as well as victims in Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia Counties.
Contact attorney Noel B. Leonard or call 251-943-8638 for a legal consultation to discuss the facts surrounding an Alabama motorcycle accident.