Motorcycle Accident Fatalities on the Rise in Colorado

 

Recent statistics released in Colorado show that motorcycle accident fatalities rose nearly 10% in 2008 in comparison to 2007. Colorado motorcyclists love taking their bikes out on the winding, twisting roads of the Rockies, but the weather and other factors can cause serious injuries.

In 2007, there were 90 people who were killed in motorcycle accidents, and in 2008, that number rose to 98. If you ride a motorcycle in Colorado or any of the surrounding Rocky Mountain States, there are some things you can do to avoid a motorcycle accident:

  • Watch your surroundings – This is especially important when it comes to commercial trucks and avoiding motorcycle/truck accidents. Large trucks have difficulty seeing around corners and they have large blind spots. When riding your motorcycle, stay to the outer edge of the corner to avoid drifting trucks, and make sure you stay clear of blind spots where they might change lanes and hit you.
  • Wear a helmet – There is possibly no bigger piece of advice that motorcyclists should heed. The Colorado helmet law requires that riders and passengers at least 18-years-old wear a helmet, however more than 80% of motorcycle accident deaths were caused by head trauma.
  • Get training – Many states, including Colorado, offer motorcycle training classes that show riders how to rider their motorcycles and avoid accidents. In addition to giving riders more experience, people who complete courses often receive discounts on motorcycle insurance.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.