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Motorcycle fatalities by the numbers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) collects data on a variety of accidents involving a range of vehicles, from trucks to ATVs. The IIHS collects this information to inform the government, the insurance and car industries, and everyday people. The latest year IIHS has available on motorcycle/ATV accidents is 2014, and this post will discuss their findings.

Motorcycles are inherently less stable and less visible than cars, therefore, it is inevitable that motorcycles would have higher fatalities than cars and trucks. In fact, the federal government estimates that motorcyclists suffer 27 times more deaths per mile traveled than a comparable driver in a car.

Head injuries account for the largest portion of fatal motorcycle injuries. Moreover, helmets reduce fatalities by 37 percent and prevent 67 percent of brain injuries. Unfortunately, helmets are only mandated by 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Motorcycle deaths have been on a steady increase since the late 90s. So far, they peaked at 5,112 in 2008. In 2014, 4,295 people died in motorcycle accidents. The most recent trend saw a significant reduction in fatalities, but it is still nearly twice as high as the 1995 low of 2,138. There is a long way to go before motorcycle fatalities experience the same downward trend as car accident deaths.

Were you injured due to the negligent actions of a driver? You may want to consult with a lawyer to discuss your rights to compensation. Depending on the nature of your accident and the other driver's insurance coverage, you may either deal directly with their insurance company or file a personal lawsuit against the driver. An attorney can assess the situation and apprise you of all of your options.

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