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What are some recent traffic accident facts for motorcyclists?

As a motorcyclist, you probably love the spring and summer months. You can go out on your motorcycle with less gear, enjoy warm breezes, and travel. Unfortunately, every time you're on the road, you're putting yourself at risk for an accident. If that happens, you may need to go to court to obtain the compensation you deserve.

In 2012, there were 4,957 motorcyclists killed in the United States. In 2012, another 93,000 people on motorcycles were injured, a shocking 15 percent increase from the year before. While there are several kinds of vehicles that can be considered to be motorcycles, two-wheeled motorcycles make up around 93 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes.

The rate of injury for motorcyclists peaked several years ago in around 2008. At that time, the fatality rate was 25.52 percent. By 2012, that number had dropped to 23.27 percent. Injuries are different, because while they have dropped between 2007's peak and 2011, they started to rise again in 2012. There were 103,000 injuries at the peak in 2007, while that number has dropped to 93,000, up from 81,000 in 2011.

Per mile traveled, motorcyclists are over 26 times more likely to die in a traffic collision. What puts motorcyclists at a higher risk? They can be misjudged on the roads, appearing slower than they are, may be less visible, and can be less sturdy on dangerous roadways with hazards like gravel or potholes. Other drivers who are distracted or negligent can cause collisions, and those collisions are more likely to cause a fatal impact to a person without a car's frame protecting them.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, "Traffic Safety Facts," accessed April 20, 2016

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