There are many motorcyclists throughout Kentucky, and these individual riders and passengers enjoy the overall process of experiencing the roadway without the confines of vehicle walls. However, motorcyclists do face increased risks, risks that other drivers do not regularly run into. Here, we want to discuss some of the main dangers that motorcyclists face in Kentucky, and we hope this list helps every motorcyclist remain a little bit safer.
There are various laws specific to motorcycling that you should be aware of in Kentucky:
Motorcyclists are more exposed to outside forces than those inside traditional passenger vehicles. This matters because any type of collision with another vehicle or a stationary object (or the ground) is much more likely to lead to significant injuries.
Data from the Kentucky Department of Transportation indicates that there were 1,411 total motorcycles involved in accidents during the latest reporting year in the state. Out of those motorcycle accidents, there were 85 fatal incidents. The DOT shows that many of these crashes involved driver error (either the driver of another vehicle or the motorcycle operator). This includes:
Currently, the practice of lane splitting is only allowed in a few states around the country, and Kentucky is not one of them. Lane splitting occurs when a motorcyclist travels down the center line of traffic in between two lanes going in the same direction. There are studies that indicate that lane splitting increases the safety of motorcyclists, particularly when traffic is congested.
Kentucky riders can, however, operate two abreast (or side by side). Riders can operate two abreast so long as they do not impede traffic on the roadway.
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligent acts of another driver, a skilled Kentucky motorcycle accident attorney can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. This can include compensation for medical bills, lost income, property damage expenses, and more.