In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes—an increase of 7 percent from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011. There were 93,000 motorcyclists injured during 2012, a 15-percent increase from 81,000 in 2011. In 2012, motorcyclists accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities, 18 percent of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities, and 4 percent of all occupants injured. Of the 4,957 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, 93 percent (4,625) were riders and 7 percent (332) were passengers. Motorcycles made up 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2012 and accounted for only 0.7 percent of all vehicle miles traveled. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2012, motorcyclists were more than 26 times likely than passenger car occupants to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 5 times more likely to be injured. Per registered vehicle, the fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2012 was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants. The injury rate for motorcyclists was about the same as the injury rate for passenger car occupants.
Because motorcycles do not have the benefit of any of the safety equipment (airbags, seatbelts) that has become standard in modern cars, motorcycle crashes often result in devastating injuries. More often than not, motorcycle crashes are not caused by the fault of the motorcyclist, but by other drivers. In many cases, the motorcycle was simply not visible by the other driver - for whatever reason. But that fact alone does not excuse fault.
A Statute of Limitations restricts the time to file a personal injury lawsuit, so it is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible following such an injury. A lawyer skilled and experienced in investigating and prosecuting motorcycle crash claims will be able to review your case in order to maximize compensation.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact us immediately for a free consultation.
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