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Rate of motorcycle accidents on the rise, study finds

As the season slowly turns to summer, motorcycle enthusiasts are likely tuning their bikes and prepping for months of riding time. Although this form of transportation can provide both a fun and effective means to get from Point A to Point B, there are some risks. These risks may add to the excitement of the journey if taken wisely.

Arguably the most important step towards taking these risks wisely is acknowledging that they exist in the first place. 

Is riding a motorcycle really more dangerous? In short, the answer to this one is yes. Motorcycles have more risks than passenger vehicles. Many of these risks are directly tied to the aspects that make motorcycles enjoyable. Bikers do not have the same safety mechanisms that are present in a car. There is no door, roof or seatbelt to reduce the risk of injuries. This allows the biker to experience the environment around them but also translates to the risk of much more serious injuries in the event of an accident.

A recent study by the Insurance Information Institute highlights this fact, finding that motorcycle riders are 29 times more likely to die in a crash compared to a person riding in a passenger vehicle. Unfortunately, the rate of fatal motorcycle accidents is on the rise. The same publication notes that these tragic accidents were up almost ten percent after analyzing the most recent available data.

How can I reduce the risk of involvement in a motorcycle accident? Riders can take proactive steps to reduce the risk of a motorcycle crash. 27 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents were connected to drunk driving and 33 percent to speeding. It follows that choosing not to ride after drinking and operating the bike within the posted speed limits would mitigate the risk of a fatal accident.

Riders with an invalid license and who rode “super sports” motorcycles, the term for bikes that can reach speeds of 190 mph, were also at an increased risk. It is likely that those with a valid license are more prone to be aware of applicable laws and regulations designed to help better ensure the rider’s safety. It is also likely that those who choose to purchase a super sport bike may operate well over the posted speed limit. Both of these factors reiterate the importance of operating your bike safely.

What if I am injured in a motorcycle crash? Those who are injured in a motorcycle accident with another vehicle and believe the other driver or rider was responsible for the crash have options. One option is to hold the responsible party accountable through a personal injury lawsuit.

Building this type of suit can require various pieces of evidence. As such, it is wise for victims of motorcycle accidents to seek legal counsel. An experienced attorney can review the details of your crash and build a case around your interests, better ensuring a more favorable outcome.

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