Maryland residents are likely aware that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, but they may be surprised to learn just how hazardous traveling on two wheels can be. While motorcycles make up only tiny fraction of the vehicles traveling on the nation’s roads, riders are approximately 26 times more likely to be killed in an accident per mile traveled than passenger vehicle occupants.
While the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles in 2013 was 6.4 percent lower than the 2012 death toll, this type of collision still claimed 4,688 lives. Approximately 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents i that same year.
Many people believe that the majority of motorcyclists killed are young riders who lack the experience necessary to operate their machines safely, but the data does not bear this out. Older riders account for more than half of all motorcycle fatalities, and they also suffer serious injuries at a higher rate than their younger counterparts. Analysts cite diminished eyesight and reaction times among older riders as the likely reason for their increased death and injury rates. Riders under the age of 30 accounted for more than 25 percent of motorcycle fatalities in 2012.
Injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents are often extremely serious, and even riders who wear helmets may suffer severe brain trauma. This type of injury can be life changing, and expensive medical treatment combined with long periods away from work can cause serious financial problems for motorcycle accident victims. In the event that the accident was caused by the negligence of the driver of another vehicle, a personal injury lawsuit could possibly result in compensation for the injured victim.
Source: Insurance Information Institute, “Motorcycle Crashes, January 2015
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