Motorcycle Collides with Semi in Florence

A motorcyclist was killed after a devastating collision with a tractor trailer in Florence, Ky. The motorcycle crash happened on southbound I-71/75 around 7:30pm Sunday evening.

A motorcyclist was killed after a devastating collision with a tractor trailer in Florence, Ky. The motorcycle crash happened on southbound I-71/75 around 7:30pm Sunday evening. According to Florence police a 62-year-old riding a Harley clipped the left rear tire of a semi while attempting to switch lanes. It caused him to lose control of his bike and wreck near the Burlington Pike exit. The accident shut down three lanes of the highway Sunday night for several hours while emergency crews responded. Police are still investigating the accident to find out whether or not alcohol was a factor in the crash. The Florence motorcyclist was rushed by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have reported that at the time of the motorcycle accident the biker was not wearing a helmet.

Kentucky Motorcycle Helmet Laws

The Universal Helmet Law was repealed in Kentucky in 1998. Currently, if you're riding a motorcycle in Kentucky you only have to wear a helmet if you're under 21-years-old or if you've been licensed for under a year. In Kentucky, in the two years before the law was repealed, 6.4 registered motorcycle riders out of 10,000 were killed in an accident. In the two years after the repeal it jumped to 8.8 motorcyclists killed out of 10,000 - a 37.5% increase. Whether the state requires you wear a helmet or not, there's no debate that not wearing a helmet greatly increases you chances of being injured or killed in a motorcycle crash. According to the CDC, helmets "reduce the risk of head injury by 69%." They continue stating, "an unhelmeted rider is 40% more likely to die from a head injury than someone wearing a helmet."

Northern Kentucky Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you've been injured in a motorcycle wreck or if you've lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact the Rothchild Law for free legal advice. Attorney Barry Rothchild has years of experience representing clients injured in motorcycle accidents throughout Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio. He understands the hardships you are facing and will help you through the legal process as he pursues the money you deserve. If you have legal questions about your Northern Kentucky motorcycle accident, Ask Barry Now!

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