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2015: Motorcyclists were in an unsafe position

A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes one thing clear: motorcycle safety is in a tenuous and difficult position right now. In 2015, nearly 5,000 people died in motorcycle accidents (4,976 to be precise), which is a marked increase from 2014 when 4,594 people died. Injuries in motorcycle accidents declined from 2015 (about 88,000) to 2014 (about 92,000), but the change was modest in comparison to the significant jump in fatalities.

What's more is that motorcyclists were 29 times more likely to die than occupants of a car (per vehicle mile driven). They were also five times more likely to be injured in a crash than the occupants of a car (again, per vehicle mile driven).

The data demonstrates an irrefutable fact: motorcyclists are far more at risk out on the road than drivers of any other vehicle. It also demonstrates the fatal nature of many motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are often lucky to survive the accidents they are involved in -- and when it can demonstrated and proven that the wreck happened at the hands of a negligent or reckless driver, then that motorcyclist should consider his or her legal position.

A driver could have been distracted while driving -- may that be because the driver was looking at a cellphone or changing the radio. A driver may have been lost in thought. Or the driver just may have failed to check his or her mirrors and blind spots for a motorcyclist. In any of these cases, the driver could be held at fault in a civil court.

Source: iii.org, "Motorcycle Crashes," Accessed July 21, 2017

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