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NHTSA data shows dangers of motorcycle accidents

In our last few posts, we have talked about a couple of important topics. Most recently, we talked about the increasing dangers of driving in the year 2015; and before that, we talked about some ways that drivers can keep an eye out for motorcycles on the road. Motorcyclists are inherently at more risk of injury in accidents than most other people out on the road, after all.

To expand on these two topics, take a look at some of this data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The first couple of statistics relate to deaths and injuries in motorcycle crashes in 2013. 4,668 people died in such crashes, and another 88,000 were injured. Those figures represent declines from 2012.

However, the next pair of statistics are stunning. According to the data, a motorcyclist is five times more likely to suffer an injury in an accident than a passenger in a car (per vehicle mile driven). Using that same metric, a motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to die in a crash than a passenger in a car.

Look, these are some incredible figures that truly show just how vulnerable motorcycle riders are out on the road. With that in mind, it is imperative for people who have been injured in a motorcycle accident to consider the legal side of their unfortunate crash. A lawsuit may be the last thing you want to consider after suffering injuries in a motorcycle wreck -- but the potential compensation of such a lawsuit can help greatly with your ability to afford your recovery and rehabilitation.

Source: iii.org, "Motorcycle Crashes," Accessed Dec. 8, 2015

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