You are ready to get on your motorcycle and enjoy the good weather after the long Wisconsin winter. You don’t want to miss a minute of riding this motorcycle season, and with good reason, since frosty weather will be back all too quickly. However, as you enjoy your motorcycle this year, our Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorneys encourage you and other motorists to consider how to reduce motorcycle accidents and fatalities.
New Study Identifies How Motorcycle Accidents Could Be Prevented
In May 2012, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a new report that found that no significant progress had been made in reducing motorcycle accident deaths nationally. While the news was better for Wisconsin—which saw 22 fewer motorcycle deaths in the first nine months of 2011 as compared to the first nine months of 2010—the news was not good for other states such as Illinois, which experienced 16 more deaths in the same period.
Accordingly, the GHSA recommended that states and motorists take the following actions to reduce future motorcycle fatalities:
- Increase helmet use for motorcyclists. A helmet can reduce the chances of dying in a motorcycle crash by 37 to 41 percent.
- Reduce alcohol consumption and impairment among motorcyclists. In 2010, 29 percent of motorcyclists who died in motorcycle accidents had blood alcohol levels above the 0.08 percent legal limit.
- Reduce speeding among motorcyclists. It is estimated that 35 percent of motorcyclists are speeding in fatal crashes.
- Provide motorcycle driving training for anyone who needs it or requests it. This may mean providing more courses at more locations and more convenient times than those that are currently available.
- Encourage all drivers to share the road safely with motorists. This may be accomplished through public service campaigns.
Contact a Milwaukee Motorcycle Attorney After a Crash
If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one in a Milwaukee motorcycle accident, the lawyers at Hupy and Abraham may be able to help you with your recovery. We encourage you to contact us today via our website or by calling 1-414-223-4800 (local) or 1-800-800-5678 (toll-free in Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois) to discuss your specific case.
We also invite you to download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, to learn more about your rights, how to protect your rights, and your potential recovery.