Drunk Driver Injures Lawton Motorcyclist

On Saturday, a drunk driver in Lawton sent a motorcyclist to the hospital. According to KSWO ABC News Channel Seven, the wreck happened sometime around 6:45 p.m. on Cache Road, near 21st Street. Apparently, an SUV driver pulled out onto Cache Road in front of the motorcycle. The female motorcycle rider was swiftly transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. She suffered from a broken arm and hip injuries. At least three lanes of traffic had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene.

SUV Driver Arrested

The driver of the SUV was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). He did not suffer any injuries in the crash. Very few details have been released, and we do not know the age or name of the injured motorcycle rider. There has also been no word on her current condition.

Motorcycle Crash Facts

  • In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes across the U.S.
  • From 2011 to 2012, there was a seven percent increase in motorcycle crash fatalities.
  • In 2012, an estimated 93,000 motorcyclists were injured.
  • In 2012, an estimated 81,000 motorcyclists were injured.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash in 2012.

Share The Road

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on drivers to Share the Road with motorcyclists. An important part of sharing the road is making a commitment to distraction-free driving. If you’re reading a text message, you’re not looking out for motorcycles and other roadway users. Drivers are also encouraged to check blind spots before changing lanes and remember to watch for motorcycles before pulling onto busy roadways.

After a Motorcycle Crash

Motorcyclists are a vulnerable roadway user group. They don’t have the added protection of a steel cage, seat belts and air bags. Even with helmets and other protective gear, they’re at the mercy of other drivers on the road. If drivers are distracted, impaired or just plain reckless, motorcyclists, motorists, pedestrians and other roadway users are put at great risk. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes the injured motorcyclist a full and swift recovery from her injuries.