A man was injured in a motorcycle accident in the central valley according to recent reports. The accident occurred at the intersection of Escondido Street and East Flamingo Road when rider Alvin Willingham, 58, struck an Oldsmobile that was turning into a shopping center. Willingham was sent flying onto the road. The 1999 Oldsmobile, driven by Wilbur Ramberg, spun clockwise and slid to a stop.
Willingham suffered a head injury and appeared to be in critical condition when he was rushed to Sunrise Trauma. His son, Justin Willingham, 27, who was also riding a motorcycle at the time, was not injured in the crash. Police discovered that neither the son nor the father were actually licensed to drive motorcycles. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Motorcycle Crash Statistics
Recent trends have shown that older, more affluent riders are being attracted to motorcycles in greater numbers than in previous years. In 2012, the US Department of Transportation reported that there were approximately 8.5 million motorcycles on the road. This is a significant increase from the 8 million motorcycles on the road in 2009. Many of these new riders are over the age of 35, as evidenced by the increase in the average age of motorcycle fatality victims. In the 1970s, the average motorcycle fatality age was in the 20s; today it is in the 40s.
Reports from the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show 4,668 deaths from motorcycle crashes in 2013. This number is a decrease of 6.4 percent from 2012. However, motorcycle riders are still at significantly greater risk for death and injury than people in passenger vehicles. According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists in 2012 were almost 26 times more likely to die in a crash than the occupants of a passenger car per vehicle mile traveled. Injury was also five times more likely for a motorcyclist than someone in a passenger car.
Motorcycle Accident Victims Need Special Support
Victims of motorcycle accidents are far too often blamed for their own injuries. Many people see motorcycles as dangerous and are inclined to blame motorcycle accident victims for crashes no matter what the circumstances. This attitude allows insurance companies to deny claims in some cases for victims of motorcycle accidents who should be able to collect compensation for their medical bills and other expenses.
A personal injury attorney like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas may be able to help the victims of motorcycle accidents fight for justice. Call today for a free consultation.