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NHTSA's 2015 motorcycle accident data highlights problems

In 2014, there were 4,594 people who died in motorcycle accidents in the United States. Given that number, you would naturally think that we would improve as a society with another year passing. You would think laws, car technology, and human behavior would lead to improved motorcycle safety in the following year. But unfortunately, you would be wrong. In 2015, there were 4,976 people who died in motorcycle accidents in the United States.

These numbers come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and there are some other interesting figures. For example, the number of people injured in motorcycle accidents actually declined from 2014 (about 92,000 people injured) to 2015 (about 88,000) even though fatalities increased.

But the real kicker of these numbers is in the probability of injuries and death. Motorcyclists were 29 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants in a car (per mile traveled. Motorcyclists were also about five times more likely to be injured in an accident than occupants in a car (per mile traveled).

Motorcyclists are in a bad spot out on the road. Getting hit by another vehicle or crashing in any way practically guarantees an injury. When these accidents occur because another driver was negligent, then the motorcyclist needs to consider getting an attorney so that they can hold the reckless individual responsible and have the chance to recoup needed compensation to pay for medical bills and other post-accident costs.

Source: Insurance Information Institute, "Motorcycle Crashes," Accessed June 14, 2017

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