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Deaths in motorcycle accidents are declining

Though motorcycles are as popular as ever, information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the amount of deadly accidents has actually been on the decline in recent years. In 2012, 4,986 people died in such accidents, but 2013 saw just 4,668 deaths. That works out to a decline of 6.4 percent in just one year.

Whenever statistics like this are brought out, people simply point out that fewer deaths could be linked to better medical care or luck, not to greater overall safety on the roads. After all, if there are more crashes but people get care quickly and live more often, the threat of a crash has not really changed very much.

However, the injury statistics back up the trend seen in motorcycle deaths, indicating that biking has actually grown safer. In 2012, 93,000 people were injured in crashes, but only 88,000 were hurt in 2013. That drop of 5,000 injuries is a rate of 5.4 percent. While this is not as high as the drop in deaths, the mirrored trends are very important to note.

Still, riding a motorcycle will always be more dangerous than riding in a car. On a bike, it is 26 times more likely that a rider will be killed in an accident than if he or she were behind the wheel of a car. Bikers also run five times the risk of being hurt in accidents.

If you were injured while on a motorcycle because of a failure to yield on the part of another driver, or for any reason at all, make sure that you know what rights you may have to compensation in Illinois.

Source: Insurance Information Institute, "Motorcycle Crashes" accessed Mar. 11, 2015

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