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Louisville motorcyclist in critical condition after crash

The Dixie Highway is one of the most dangerous highways in Kentucky, and it can be particularly treacherous for Louisville motorcyclists. A recent, serious crash in the area underscores how important it is for car and truck drivers to stay vigilant for motorcycles.

WDRB reports that an Iraq war veteran was struck while riding a motorcycle in Louisville late last week and is now facing a struggle for his life. His injuries, including a multitude of broken bones, are life threatening, and he is currently in a coma. According to his medical team, his injuries are so critical that his chance of recovery is only 50 percent.

The other driver, who was operating a Jeep and allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, was arrested at the site of the accident. At the time of the crash, he had neither insurance nor registration plates. Currently, he is facing several charges, including first degree assault.

This tragic incident illustrates how vulnerable motorcyclists can be when involved in a collision with another vehicle. Indeed, according to the Insurance Information Institute, 14 percent of 2015 traffic fatalities nationwide were motorcyclists. The number of injuries among motorcycle operators was five times greater compared to the number of car occupant injuries per mile of road travelled; the number of fatalities among motorcycle operators was 29 times greater than those among car drivers per mile of road travelled in 2015.

The use of helmets played a role in saving 1,772 lives; however, significantly more than one third of the motorcyclists killed in accidents in 2015 were not wearing helmets. These numbers suggest that safety practices such as wearing helmets can be crucial while operating a motorcycle. Nevertheless, helmets only prevent fatalities in 37 percent of incidents. Thus, motorcycle awareness among car and truck drivers remains crucial to the safety of motorcycle operators.

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