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It goes without saying that motorcyclists are in a risky position out on the road. Their vehicles inherently don't provide the safety that other vehicles offer. Cars have airbags, a fully-closed canopy, seat belts and many other safety options. Motorcyclists can only wear a helmet and a padded jacket -- and hope that they aren't involved in an accident.

We bring all of this up in light of some new data that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiled about 2015. In that year, fatalities in motorcycle accident increased significantly -- 8.3 percent -- when compared to 2014. 4,976 people died in 2015, as compared to the 4,594 people that died in motorcycle accidents in 2014.

Injuries in motorcycle accidents declined over the same time period. In 2015, about 88,000 people suffered injuries in motorcycle accidents, whereas in 2014, about 92,000 people were injured in these accidents.

All told, motorcyclists were 29 times more like to die in an accident than their counterparts in a car. They were also five times more likely to be injured in an accident than occupants in a car. (Both statistics were based on per mile driven.)

Injured motorcyclists often don't know how they can achieve justice after their crashes. Loved ones of deceased motorcyclists may not know how to proceed with a wrongful death claim. In either case, it is important for the victims, and/or their loved ones, to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: iii.org, "Motorcycle Crashes," Accessed July 21, 2017

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