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What are some motorcycle accident facts to know?

Motorcycle accidents are tragic and violent. Riders have little to not protection against other vehicles, the friction of the road or impacts. They face serious injuries and life-threatening conditions after a collision. What's worse is that many accidents could be avoided if drivers were more cautious or looked for motorcyclists on the roads.

How many people die in motorcycle crashes each year?

In 2015, the latest year where full data was recorded, there were a total of 4,693 motorcyclists killed in crashes. These accounted for 13 percent of all motor vehicle collision deaths in 2015.

Are motorcyclists being killed more or less often now?

Motorcyclist deaths continue to grow. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, motorcyclists die at nearly twice the rate in 2015 as they did in 1997.

Who dies in motorcycle accidents?

Around 30 percent of motorcyclists killed in 2015 were under the age of 30, compared to 1975 when around 80 percent of those killed were under the age of 30. Interestingly, older drivers have seen an increase in the number of deaths instead of a decline. The number of those 50 or older who were killed in a motorcycle accident rose from 3 percent in 1982 to 35 percent in 2015.

For victims of motorcycle accidents, there is help. With the right support, you can get compensated after an injury, so you can seek the best medical treatment and replace lose wages. If a person is killed, his or her family has a right to seek a claim against a negligent driver.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, "Motorcycles and ATVs | 2015," accessed Feb. 17, 2017

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