More than 1,600 motorcyclists were injured in traffic collisions in the state of Oklahoma in 2010, and another 75 motorcyclists were killed in accidents, according to data released by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Traffic collision statistics from 2011 are still being gathered, but currently there are 94 known incidents of motorcyclists being killed in accidents throughout the state last year, and at least three motorcyclists have died in the Tulsa area alone in 2012 so far, indicating a trend of increasing fatalities to many law enforcement professionals. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office has given a $25,000 grant to the Broken Arrow Police Department to conduct a course on motorcycle safety. Accidents, according to the course instructor, are inevitable for motorcycle riders. Handling the accident when it happens is crucial to decrease the amount of injury sustained, and the key to better motorcycle safety is wearing a helmet that meets federal safety guidelines.
Of the 75 motorcyclists killed in fatal accidents in Oklahoma in 2010, at least 58 were not wearing a helmet. Another four motorcyclists were killed in circumstances that made it impossible to determine whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.
As a personal injury attorney in Sacramento, I am hopeful that the roads will become safer for drivers and motorcyclists alike. If you have been injured in an accident involving any sort of vehicle, please consider contacting a Sacramento car accident lawyer.