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Fatal Motorcycle Crash Near Comanche

At least five people were injured, and one person was killed in a multi-motorcycle collision near Comanche this week. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident occurred on US Highway 81, about a mile north of Paul Road. The crash involved a half dozen motorcycles and a 2012 GMC Denali SUV. For currently unknown reasons, the northbound SUV was somehow involved in a collision with the southbound motorcycles. At this time, the investigation is still underway to determine how this crash could have happened.

Motorcyclist Killed and Five Others Injured

Monty Howell, a 53-year-old from Duncan, died on the scene as a result of massive injuries sustained in the crash. He was on a Harley Davidson motorcycle at the time of the wreck. Multiple other riders and passengers were inured. At least two of the injured victims had to be airlifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. The latest report listed at least four of the victims in serious condition. The driver of the Denali, 43-year-old Fred Cox III of Duncan, was not injured in the crash.

Motorcycle Crash Facts

  • In 2012, 4,957 motorcycle riders were killed in crashes.
  • In 2013, 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
  • In 2013, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all roadway crash fatalities across the U.S.
  • In 2012, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were more than 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash.

Share The Road

Motorcyclists have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as other motorists on the roadway. Unfortunately, they don’t always get the respect they deserve. With distracted, dangerous, careless and impaired drivers on the roadways, motorcyclists are put at risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages drivers to Share the Road with motorcyclists and other vulnerable roadway user groups.

Vulnerable Roadway Users

Motorcycle riders are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. They don’t have the same protective safety measures that drivers and passengers in cars have. They’re truly at the mercy of other drivers on the road. Even with helmets and other safety gear, motorcyclists can become catastrophically or fatally injured in collisions with larger vehicles.

The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Monty Howell. We also wish swift and full recoveries to all of the injured motorcyclists.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Oklahoma

On Sunday evening, a motorcycle wreck took the life of one person and sent another to the hospital in Meers, Oklahoma. According to KSWO ABC News Channel Seven, the incident happened near the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report that the driver, 50-year-old Scott Heath, was thrown from the motorcycle after veering off of the roadway.

The bike struck rocks on the side of the road, and Heath was thrown about 25 feet from the vehicle. He was transported to the hospital, but did not survive his injuries. His passenger, a 49-year-old female, was injured in the wreck and rushed to a local hospital as well. Although few details about the crash were released, we do know that neither Heath nor the injured passenger were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and initial reports indicate that impaired riding could have been a factor in the wreck.

Motorcycle Crash Facts

  • In 2012, there were 4,957 motorcycle crash fatalities across the U.S.
  • Motorcycle crash deaths increased by seven percent from 2011 to 2012.
  • 27 percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes in 2012 were legally drunk.
  • Over 2,000 of those crashes were single-vehicle motorcycle wrecks.
  • 43 percent of riders killed in single-vehicle motorcycle crashes were impaired at the time of the wreck.

Impaired Riding

If a passenger is injured in a crash where the driver of the motorcycle was impaired, the passenger may have a claim against the drunk driver. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case.

Helmets and Safety Gear

Motorcyclists are also encouraged to wear helmets and other safety gear when they take to the road. Safe riding practices just aren’t enough with distracted and impaired drivers on the roadway. Wearing a helmet and practicing safe riding behaviors are the two best ways to protect yourself out there, but ultimately, drivers need to share the road too.

There’s no word on the extent of injuries suffered by the female passenger, but KSWO ABC News Channel Seven did report that she was treated and released from the hospital. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Scott Heath and wishes a speedy and full recovery to the injured passenger.

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Fatal Motorcycle Wreck in Oklahoma

On Sunday morning, a Richardson man died after being thrown from his motorcycle.According to KFDX News Channel Three, the wreck happened on I-44 at about 10:30 a.m. in Cotton County.

The victim, 65-year-old Larry Samford, was riding with a few friends, who were also on motorcycles. Apparently, Samford was ejected from his motorcycle when it struck his friend’s motorcycle during a lane change.He was thrown into the roadway, and a third motorcycle struck him. He was swiftly taken to the hospital, but succumbed to his injuries. According to KFDX News, the other riders were able to walk away from the scene.

National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Tragically, this wreck happened during the first week of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Officials with the NHTSA are hoping to encourage all drivers and motorcyclists to “Share the Road” with each other.

Motorcyclist fatalities actually increased in 2012. Even seemingly minor wrecks can be devastating or fatal for motorcycle riders. Many drivers report not even having seen motorcycles prior to wrecks, so always check your blind spots before making lane changes. Equally important, drivers need to be careful not to pull out onto roadways directly in front of motorcycles, which can be a deadly mistake. Motorcycle riders don’t have seat belts or airbags. They are truly at the mercy of other roadway users.

Just the Facts: Motorcycle Wrecks in the U.S.

  • In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
  • In 2012, motorcycle deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic-crash fatalities across the U.S.
  • 93,000 people were injured in motorcycle crashes in 2012.
  • In 2011, 81,000 people were injured.
  • Motorcycle fatalities have been increasing for the last 15 years.

Share the Road

Sharing the road needs to be a top priority for all motorists. The NHTSA is urging drivers and riders to look out for each other. Drivers should know that motorcycles need additional room to maneuver safely around roadway obstacles and hazards. Motorcyclists also have all the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as other roadway users, so always give them a full lane width when passing.

Although their vehicles are smaller, motorcyclists need just as much room to navigate through traffic as cars, if not more. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mr. Samford.

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We can deal with the insurance companies.

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