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Nearly 5,000 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2015

Motorcycle accidents are incredibly punishing to the motorcyclist. The likelihood that major injuries are suffered in an accident are high. And you don't have to take our word for it -- just look at the data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2015 year.

According to a report from the NHTSA, 4,976 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2015. That number is much higher than in 2014, when 4,594 people died in motorcycle accidents. Additionally, a motorcyclist was 29 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants in a car, per mile traveled, and they were also five times more likely to be injured. Motorcyclists also accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015.

Motorcyclists are just in a risky position out on the road, plain and simple. The inherent design of the vehicle means that when a motorcyclist is struck in a motor vehicle accident, they are going to be thrown from their vehicle and suffer injuries -- and often they will be serious. Those injuries could even be catastrophic or fatal. The victims, and their loved ones, in these situations would deal with immense pain and suffering. They will also have to deal with massive medical bills.

If the accident they suffered was at the hands of a negligent or otherwise irresponsible driver, then the motorcyclist should consult with a personal injury attorney. Their case could yield significant compensation that could be used to deal with their medical bills and other associated costs with an accident.

Source: iii.org, "Motorcycle Crashes," Accessed June 13, 2017

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