Riding motorcycles can be an extremely rewarding hobby; however, our Oklahoma motorcycle accident lawyers at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys would like to remind citizens that motorcycles offer riders little protection in the event of a collision and the injuries a motorcyclist suffers can be long-lasting.
An article from News OK touches on a collision that occurred more than three months ago, which left eight motorcyclists seriously injured and one other dead. Several of the injured motorcyclists discussed how they are still recovering both physically and emotionally from the incident.
It was around 11:30 a.m. on April 11, 2015, when the motorcyclists set out for a ride. They were riding south on U.S. Highway 81 when an SUV suddenly crossed the centerlines in a curve in the road, and struck the string of motorcycles and their riders.
The victims were transported to local medical facilities for treatment, but they still continue to heal weeks and months after being released. The victims discussed how amputations and broken bones prevented them from going to work and conducting other daily activities as well.
Even when safety precautions are taken, there is no sure way to prevent all motorcycle crashes. That’s why it’s best for motorcyclists to be prepared and know what actions to take in the event of a crash. One of the best options for riders to consider is speaking with an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer. An attorney will be able to clarify your rights, as well as answer any questions you may have regarding your case.
Over the past several years, the number of motorcycles that are registered in the state of Oklahoma has risen. Unfortunately, this increase in the number of bikers on the road has correlated with a larger number of serious motorcycle accidents.
Data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office shows there was a 2 percent gain in the number of motorcycle endorsements issued between 2012 – 2013. During that same time frame, Oklahoma motorcycle accident fatalities increased by almost 11 percent.
In order to help address the risks of riding a motorcycle in Oklahoma, officials have declared the month of May to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The campaign kicks off today with the 2nd Annual Motorcycle Safety Day being held in Oklahoma City.
As part of the event, speakers—including LT. Governor Todd Lamb, Directors of ODOT and OHSO, the Commissioner of the DPS, the Chief of the Patrol, and Senator Paddack—will each discuss topics concerning motorcycle safety. These include the use of proper safety gear, getting licensed to ride a motorcycle, sharing the road with other vehicles, and seeking training before taking a motorcycle out on the road.
According to an article from 1600 KUSH AM, the event kicks off at 11 a.m. and will continue until around 2 p.m. at the South Plaza of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we are aware of the important role educational events can play in motorcycle safety. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers encourage you to attend if you or a loved one ride motorcycles. Doing so could save a life.
When an Oklahoma motorcycle accident occurs, one of the leading causes listed is another driver’s failure to yield the right-of- way to an oncoming motorcycle. In fact, research has repeatedly shown this to be a contributing factor in roughly two-thirds of all multiple vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle. Furthermore, reports state a majority of drivers who are at fault for these crashes failed to recognize the oncoming bike while making a left turn.
This seems to be the case in an Oklahoma motorcycle accident that claimed a 16-year-old’s life. According to KFOR 4 News, the incident occurred on 2nd Street in the city of Edmond.
Reports indicate a 64-year-old driver was attempting to turn left into a private driveway to turn around; however, he failed to recognize an oncoming motorcycle and turned in front of the bike. The motorcyclist didn’t have time to stop and struck the vehicle, causing a 16-year-old passenger on the bike to be ejected.
The young passenger was thrown into the road, where she was struck and killed by another vehicle. The driver who was responsible for the accident told police at the scene that he never heard or saw the motorcycle coming.
If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of an Oklahoma motorcycle accident, it’s important to know you may have legal rights that need to be protected and the Oklahoma personal injury lawyers with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys are here to help. Call us anytime at (877) 579-6800 for a free consultation of your case.
While the short days and long nights of winter are upon us, many will continue to rely on motorcycles for transportation. But in December 2013, there were a total of 35 Oklahoma motorcycle accidents that occurred.
One Oklahoma motorcycle accident earlier this month highlights the dangers motorcyclists face—even when they are doing everything right. Reports indicate the crash happened on Dec. 13, on Highway 78, just south of Whitewright, Texas.
According to KTEN 10 News, the victim was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle along the highway to deliver toys to children for the holidays. However, a vehicle crossed the center lines of the road and struck an SUV. The motorcyclist didn’t have time to avoid the wreckage from the accident, struck the damaged vehicle, and crashed.
Motorcyclists who knew the victim say they are putting on another toy ride in the deceased rider’s memory.
The crash leaves many drivers and motorcycle riders wondering what can be done to prevent accidents. Most experts agree the answer is a combination of efforts from both sides.
- Always Wear A Helmet and Other Protective Gear
- Always Utilize A Headlight
- Always Obey Traffic Laws
Drivers need to remember to:
- Give Motorcyclists Space On the Road
- Look Twice In All Directions Before Entering Traffic
- Avoid Distractions
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are hopeful these tips will help you to avoid an Oklahoma motorcycle accident during the winter months.
In 2011, around 1,400 motorcyclists were killed as the result of crashes in Oklahoma alone. In an effort to decrease Oklahoma Auto Accidents involving motorcycles, while also improving highway safety for all motorists, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office has created a website aimed at educating the public about updates on legislation, training opportunities, and safety information in regards to riding motorcycles.
The website, www.okiemoto.ok.gov, takes the most recent motorcycle accident statistics gathered by agencies from across the state and compiles the data into a format that is easily digested by the public eye. It also offers information to those who are interested in learning how to safely operate a motorcycle and details about safety courses to help hone safe riding skills.
One of the most important aspects of the website is an FAQ section about motorcycle laws. Officials say these common concerns are discussed in an effort to make the general public and riders more aware of their responsibilities when on the road.
The site also features safety videos on its homepage and a list of resources about other websites promoting motorcycle safety in the state.
The team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of J. Colbert Injury Lawyers is hopeful the new site will be successful in both reducing the number of motorcycle accidents across the state, while also making bikers and other motorists more aware of current concerns for highway safety.
Two separate Oklahoma City motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of two men on Sunday, according to The Oklahoman. The first Oklahoma motorcycle accident happened when an SUV struck a motorcyclist on N Pennsylvania Avenue. The motorcycle accident victim died at the scene.
The second accident happened around 11 p.m. when a couple on a motorcycle collided with a traffic light pole. The man died at the scene while the female motorcycle accident victim was taken to OU Medical Center in serious condition. Police have not yet determined the cause of the accident.