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Motorcycle accident statistics show more deaths, fewer injuries

Unlike many other parts of the country, there is never a part of the year when residents of Southern California have to put their motorcycles up due to the winter weather. So, while many people throughout many parts of America are just now getting their motorcycles out as spring approaches, Southern California residents have been riding their motorcycles throughout the winter months. Unfortunately, this increased amount of exposure time on the roadways might increase the likelihood of motorcycle accidents occurring.

But, in a recent year for which motorcycle accident statistics are available, there was a bit of a conflict. The statistics that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collected for 2015 showed that, when compared with 2014, there was an increase in the number of people who died in motorcycle accidents -- an 8.3 percent increase to be exact. In 2014, there were 4,594 people killed in motorcycle accidents in America. In 2015, that number rose to 4,976.

However, the number of people who suffered injuries in these accidents actually decreased. In 2014, there were approximately 92,000 people who suffered injuries in motorcycle accidents. In 2015, that number decreased by 4.3 percent to approximately 88,000.

It is hard to tell why there apparently have been more fatalities but fewer injuries when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Whatever reasons are behind these trends, what is important is that motorists do not shirk their duty of care when it comes to sharing the roads with motorcyclists. Motorcycle unawareness can lead to crashes that are completely outside the motorcyclist's control. Therefore, motorcyclists who are injured in accidents caused by negligent drivers may want to explore whether or not they can pursue compensation for the damages they suffered.

Source: iii.org, "Motorcycle Crashes," Accessed March 5, 2017

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