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Are motorcycle accident fatalities on the decline?

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Virginia motorcyclists are undoubtedly aware that riding motorcycles pose risks. Fortunately, there is evidence from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that motorcycle fatalities are on the decline.

Motorcycle fatalities decreased from 4,692 to 4,586 between 2013 and 2014. However, motorcycle accident victims are still approximately 26 times more likely to die than occupants in a passenger car, and five times more likely to suffer injuries.

In 2013, deaths of motorcyclists accounted for approximately 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. The vast majority of deaths from motorcycle collisions occur to drivers, with approximately six percent of deaths due to the deaths of passengers.

Interestingly, according to the NHTSA, the majority of motorcycle fatalities occur to those who are age 40 or older. The percentage of older motorcyclists killed in accidents has been on the rise recently, increasing 39 percent from 2004, at which time only 46 percent of motorcyclists who died in fatal crashes were age 40 or older, to approximately 55 percent of fatalities occurring to those age 40 or older in 2013. Older riders are also more likely to suffer serious injuries in accidents than are younger bikers.

Despite the recent overall decline in fatalities, the data reflects that, in contrast, injuries are on the rise. Approximately 88,000 motorcyclists suffered injuries in 2013, but that number increased approximately 4.5 percent to 92,000 motorcyclists in 2014.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash, you may have a cause of action. An attorney may be able to provide assistance.

Source: III.org, "Motorcycle Crashes," accessed on June 3, 2016

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