Police have charged a man with murder, first degree assault and driving under the influence after a crash Sunday morning, August 15, 2019. Police say that the man was allegedly driving under the influence when he crossed over the centerline of Manslick Road at the 6400 block and struck two motorcycles.
One of the riders were pronounced dead at the scene while the other was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital in critical condition.
A motorcycle rider is exceptionally vulnerable and at significant risk in an accident with a car or truck because of the lack of protection. In a collision, a motorcycle rider is 28 more times likely to die than an occupant of a car or pickup truck. The exposure of the rider is one of the reasons for this risk, and another is the second impact with the ground that each motorcycle rider endures.
DUI and Motorcycles
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, around 4,000 motorcycle riders and passengers are killed each year with 28 percent of those involving alcohol. Out of those fatalities that involve alcohol, the driver of the car is impaired in half of them with the motorcycle rider impaired in the other a half. When the motorist is impaired, the risk of serious injury or death to the motorcycle rider is far greater than those in a motor vehicle.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
When a motorcycle is involved in an accident with another vehicle, the rider suffers two impacts, one with the vehicle and the other with the pavement. Because of these dynamics, EMS workers and trauma centers see certain common injuries. Some of the most common are:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Severe Concussions
- Wrist Fractures
- Broken Arms/Legs
- Chest Compression
- Internal Injuries/Bleeding
- Severe Road Rash
Do I Need an Attorney?
Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field. Talk to someone you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law.
The attorneys at Kaufman and Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.