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Reviewing statistics on motorcycle crashes

Each year, far too many people pass away or suffer lifelong injuries due to motorcycle wrecks. Sadly, these accidents upend the lives of many people in Kentucky, especially on dangerous roads, such as those found in the South End of Louisville. After a fatal crash, the families of motorcyclists may face permanent emotional devastation and unbearable financial problems due to funeral costs and other challenges. Moreover, those who are injured may face significant physical pain, be unable to work or have trouble paying medical bills.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, information from 2014 shows that during the course of that year, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely to pass away in a traffic accident when compared to those riding in another type of vehicle. Among these fatalities, 43 percent of motorcyclists were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. However, many of them were also struck by reckless drivers who were intoxicated, speeding or simply failed to pay attention.

On their website, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports that 76 people passed away in a motorcycle accident in the state of Kentucky during 2014. Furthermore, there were over 1,270 in this state alone during the same period. In fact, roughly half of the motorcycle crashes that take place involve a motor vehicle, which highlights how essential it is for drivers to always keep an eye out for motorcyclists. Tragically, drivers will continue to upend the lives of motorcyclists and their families by causing a crash and those who cause an accident should have to account for their actions.

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