Car accidents and motorcycle accidents are commonplace in every state in the U.S. and Rhode Island is no exception. While anyone can be an accident victim, some groups of people are more vulnerable than others. Below is an overview of who the most vulnerable road users are in Rhode Island and the types of accidents they are typically involved in. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Rhode Island, contact a RI motorcycle accident attorney or bike crash law firm
Motorcyclists and accidents statistics
According to the Center For Disease Control or CDC, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident than those who operate SUV’s, trucks or passenger cars. While those who drive passenger cars are involved in accidents more often than motorcyclists, their injuries are typically less severe. The statistics in Rhode Island for motorcycle fatalities for the last several years are:
- 19 In 2009
- 15 In 2010
- 15 In 2011
- 8 In 2012
- 11 In 2013
Brain injury (TBI) is the primary cause of death among motorcyclists, which is why wearing a helmet is so important.
Teenage And Young Adults
Younger drivers lack the experience that older drivers have, which is why they are more prone to traffic accidents. The following statistics are the number of fatal car accidents among drivers ages 20 or younger in Rhode Island:
- 11 In 2009
- 7 In 2010
- 4 In 2011
- 4 In 2012
- 7 In 2013
Older drivers (the elderly and senior citizens) are at an increased risk of being injured or killed in a car accident. This is because as we age, our reflexes slow and our eyesight isn’t as
sharp making accidents more common. The statistics for older driver fatalities in Rhode Island are as follows:
- 7 In 2009
- 5 In 2010
- 8 In 2011
- 7 In 2012
- 12 In 2013
In addition to the above risk groups, those who ride bicycles and those who are pedestrians are more vulnerable to car accidents.
If you or a family member has been injured in a Rhode Island car accident, it may be helpful to speak with an attorney for advice. Personal injury attorneys are trained to calculate future wages and other types of damages that you may be able to obtain by filing a personal injury lawsuit. After speaking with you, an attorney will let you know how to move forward with your case.
“Motorcycle crash deaths are costly, but preventable. The single most effective way for states to save lives and save money is a universal helmet law.
- Helmets saved an estimated 1,630 lives and $2.8 billion in economic costs in 2013.1
- The United States could have saved an additional $1.1 billion in 2013 if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.1
- Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37%.1
- Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69%.2,3
“Our role is to identify ways to prevent injury and death and rigorously check what works and what does not work. For motorcycle safety, the research shows that universal helmet laws are the most effective way to reduce the number of deaths and traumatic brain injuries that result from crashes.”Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC Director” THE CDC
A Rhode Island motorcycle accident lawyer can help you get the compensation that you deserve as a result of a motorcycle accident.
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