While the severity of Motorcycle Accidents sometime give the mode of transportation a bad reputation, as Indiana Motorcycle Injury Lawyers our firm knows most accidents and injuries involving cycles are not the fault of the cyclist; rather, the dangerous and oblivious driving of those larger vehicles that surround them. This is exemplified by the fact that approximately 80% of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death for their drivers and occupants. By comparison, this figure is only about 20 percent for car accidents and truck collisions. Unfortunately, drivers of motorcycles are often at the whim of those around them. This can lead to danger for those who love to ride. Currently, there are over 4 million motorcycles registered in the United States. While motorcycles make up only 2% of the vehicles operating on U.S. roadways, motorcycle fatalities make up almost 5% of all highway fatalities each year.
When compared to their larger counterparts, motorcycles have a higher fatality rate than the cars or trucks they share the road with. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2006, 18.06 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes. The rate for motorcycles in the same year was 55.82 per 100,000.
The data collected from the NHTSA in 2005 showed that 4,008 motorcycle riders and passengers in the United States were killed. This was an eight percent increase from 2003. Interestingly, there was also a ten percent increase in fatalities involving cars and trucks and pedestrians during the same year. The NHTSA reported that 37,304 automobile occupants were on American roads 2004.
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