Nashville is Still Reeling at the Loss of NHL Star Nicolas Kerdiles
On September 23, 2023, Nashville lost NHL player Nicolas Kerdiles in a motorcycle accident. The accident involved one other vehicle, which was hit head-on by Kerdiles. Like so many motorcycle accidents, it happened on a clear day in daylight. Kerdiles was an experienced rider who knew the rules of the road, yet still died in a tragic accident.
While not the case with Kerdiles, some motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. When a motorcycle accident is caused by someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or gross error, you could be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. Our firm has years of experience handling wrongful death claims and motorcycle injury cases. Contact us today for a free consultation, or read on to learn more about the causes of motorcycle accidents in Nashville.
What Caused Nicolas Kerdiles’ Motorcycle Accident?
The exact cause of Nicolas Kerdiles’ motorcycle accident is unknown, but it is likely that he was simply distracted and missed the stop sign and oncoming traffic. According to the news report from Today, Metro police stated that he ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. Kerdiles was not impaired by drugs or alcohol, so the likely conclusion is that he was distracted.
While there are no statistics on distracted driving in direct relation to motorcycle accidents, about 8% of all vehicle accidents involve a distracted driver. Motorcycle riders need to be even more diligent because you are the little man on the road. Riders need to be aware of all of their surroundings while not becoming distracted by things off-road.
Other Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to a Forbes report, the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Speeding (34% of fatalities in 2020)
- Alcohol impairment of driver or rider (27% of fatalities in 2020)
- Evening rush hour traffic (26% of fatalities in 2020)
Furthermore, 76% of motorcycle crashes are at the front of the bike, or head-on collisions like that of Nicolas Kerdiles. The vast majority of motorcycle fatalities are men, and almost 70% of female fatalities were passengers riding behind the rider on the bike. Although bikers carry a bad rap, most of these causes of motorcycle accidents are the fault of vehicle drivers rather than motorcycle riders.
Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. There are many factors that come into play when determining the cause of a motorcycle accident and who is at fault. Even if your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, a wrongful death claim still allows you to gain compensation for the loss of that family member.
At Herbert & Lux, we have years of experience handling motorcycle accident cases just like yours. Our staff is standing by to listen and support you during your time of healing. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.