A motorcyclist died in a fiery crash that occurred a few weeks ago in Louisville, KY. The Jefferson County identified the man as 29-year-old Shaun Matthew Carney. Carney had been traveling on Bardstown Road near the Oakland Hills subdivision Thursday night when he rear-ended a passenger vehicle that was in the process of turning, according to WDRB. Although Carney was wearing his helmet at the time of the collision, he was pronounced dead at the scene and his cause of death of was attributed to blunt force injuries. The news source stated that no one else sustained injuries in the accident.
About a month after this fatal accident occurred, another transpired in Bracken County, KY. Wave 3 reported that 49-year-old Alvin Parker of Independence was riding on his 2017 Kawasaki Motorcycle when he lost control of his bike. He collided with 52-year-old Darrin Ramsey’s pick-up truck that had been hauling a cattle trailer. The accident occurred between Willow Road and Neave Road on KY 22. The Bracken County Coroner pronounced Parker dead on the scene.
Anytime a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the chances of them sustaining a serious injury or dying are extremely high. Motorcyclists are more susceptible to injury and death simply because they don’t have a vehicle to provide them with that added protection. And if you are considering purchasing a motorcycle, there are a few things you might want to take into consideration before doing so.
- You may need to take a beginner’s driving course. If you aren’t experienced or it has been some time since you have operated a motorcycle, you may need to take a course that can teach you the basics of riding. And according to GQ Magazine, “if you think classes are for sissies,” you should consider the facts. In 2015,4,976 people were killed in motorcycle accidents and 88,000 bikers were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Among those 4,976, 94% were riders and six percent were passengers.
- Why are you buying the bike? You need to know what type of riding you plan on doing. Are you buying a bike for commuting, cruising, or touring? Knowing this can help you choose the right type of bike and prevent you from buying something that will only make your ride riskier.
- Be prepared to spend on gear. GQ Magazine said a helmet can cost anywhere between $150 to $900 depending on your preference but that isn’t all. You need protective gear to cover your skin which might include gloves, a jacket, boots, pants, etc. In total, you should be prepared to spend anywhere between $800 to $1,200 on new gear that will eventually need to be replaced as yours wears out.
- Don’t buy a bike with a large engine just because you can ride on it. If this is your first bike and you are excited to get one with a powerful engine, keep these 2015 fatality facts in mind regarding engine size:
- Up to 500cc:7% of motorcycle riders were killed riding on bikes with a 500cc engine or smaller.
- 501 to 1000cc:39% of motorcyclists were killed in 2015 riding with bikes equipped with an engine between 501cc to 1000cc.
- 1001 to 1500cc:26% of bikers in 2015 were killed in accidents with an engine between the size of 1001cc to 1500cc.
Now, if you happen to be a biker who was recently involved in a vehicular accident in KY, perhaps you should consider contacting a motorcycle accident lawyer in Louisville, KY. They can help you recover funds that will cover medical expenses, lost wages, future medical care, and more. If you would like help in locating a nearby motorcycle crash attorney in Louisville, USAttorneys.com is here to assist you.