Boise, ID- Motorcyclists are at a disadvantage in a car vs. motorcycle crash. They don’t have the same protections as car occupants, which is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than a passenger vehicle motorist. Often, what would be a minor crash for a car occupant can be a fatal crash for a motorcyclist.
Car vs. Motorcycle Accident Leaves One Dead in Boise
A motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident after he was hit by a motorist making a turn.
The Idaho Statesman reports that the accident occurred on Saturday, November 11, 2017, just after 4 p.m. Police told the paper that a car and motorcyclist were both traveling westbound on State Street when the motorcyclist attempted to pass the car on the right by using a bike a lane. At the same time, the car’s driver made a right a turn and crashed into the motorcycle.
The passenger vehicle motorist was not injured.
Police said the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, according to the Idaho Statesmen.
The accident is still under investigation.
Helmets Save Lives
Many motorcyclists don’t like to wear helmets but not doing so puts them at a greater risk of being killed or suffering a brain injury if they are involved in a wreck. Over a 4-year period, between 2011 and 2015, there were 118 fatal motorcycle accidents in Idaho. In half of those crashes, the deceased was not wearing a helmet.
Under Idaho law, only motorcyclists under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet.
Even though helmet use is a choice, that fact does not change the risks of not wearing one. The Center for Disease Control says that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of being killed in a crash by 37 percent, and would save $1 billion annually in medical costs and loss of productivity. Helmets also reduce the chances of suffering a head injury by 69 percent.
While it may be a motorcyclist’s choice not to wear a helmet, it is clear by not doing so they are putting their lives in jeopardy.
The Legal Problem with Not Wearing a Helmet
Motorcyclists who choose not to wear helmets see it as a personal choice, but they may not be aware that their choice could hurt them if they are in a crash and want to pursue a personal injury claim. It is common for insurers and defendants in civil cases to argue that you are partially responsible for your injuries. Such an assertion won’t prohibit you from recovering compensation if the other party was negligent, but it will significantly reduce the amount of compensation you can recover.
An accident lawyer in Boise can help you counter arguments that you bear some responsibility for your injuries and ensure you recover maximum compensation. Through USAttorneys.com, you can locate an attorney near you to assist you with all aspects of your injury claim.