On Sunday, July 19, at 12:00 p.m. (noon), a Pocatello resident lost his life to a fatal motorcycle accident. The local man was traveling eastbound on Mink Creek Road near South Fork Mink Creek Road. He veered off the roadway and struck a guardrail south of Pocatello.
Tragically, the man was thrown from his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.
No one knows why the driver veered to the off the right shoulder, but the Idaho State Police are investigating the accident.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
A total of 4,985 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2018, and fatal motorcycle accidents have been on the rise since 1998 (although they appeared to peak in 2008). Each one of these motorcyclists had a story and a family, much like our fallen Pocatello resident.
For more insight into motorcycle crash statistics, please visit our blog.
A Reminder About Motorcycle Helmets
Motorcycle helmets reduce your risk of dying in a crash by at least 37%. Additionally, all riders under the age of 18 must wear helmets in Idaho.
If you’re still not convinced about the importance of motorcycle helmets, please read our blog, which answers the question, “Motorcycle Accidents: Do Helmets Really Help?”
What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident
If you have survived a motorcycle accident or lost a loved one to a motorcycle crash, our attorneys may be able to help. We encourage you to seek prompt medical treatment and gather as much evidence as possible at the scene of the accident.
When you are ready to hold the at-fault party accountable for what happened, you can call us at (208) 623-8021 or contact us online.
Once again, our heart goes out to the victims of this terrible accident and those affected by motorcycle accidents nationwide. If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, we hope to help you recover.