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Motorcycle riders in greater danger today

Flying in the face of popular belief, a 2013 Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) study of 10 years of motorcycle crashes found that 60 percent of the time “motorists in other vehicles are at fault” when motorcycles and cars collide because cars fail to yield the right of way.  In 2015, there were 500,695 motorcycles on American roads, up from 440,899 in 2011. So car drivers have a lot more to look out for when it comes to accidents with motorcycles.

Sad news for riders: The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports that “…per mile driven, motorcycles have a fatality rate that is 26 times higher” than passenger vehicles.

Motorcycle death rates rising

Today, motorcycle rider deaths are way up. They accounted for 7% of all crash deaths in 2009. By 2014, the number had risen to 14%.  A report from The Insurance Information Institute put the rider death toll in 2015 at 4,976.  It went up in 31 states that year.  Florida, California and Texas – in that order – had the most fatalities.

According to Consumer Reports, motorcycle fatalities rose 10 percent in 2015.  The deaths are part of a dramatic increase in all traffic fatalities across the United States.  All traffic deaths hit a 50-year high in 2015 and continued rising in 2016.

Who is dying on motorcycles?

Older riders and men are being killed at greater rates than other riders with one exception. In Texas, the majority of victims were men between 20 and 29 years old.  “The number of motorcyclists over the age of 40 who died in crashes increased by 14 percent between 2005 and 2014,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

What’s killing motorcycle riders?

A preliminary state-by-state report from the GHSA says a big factor is the lack helmet laws in 31 states.  In other cases, riders who were killed had helmets that were not up to U.S. Department of Transportation standards.  Alcohol, drug use and speeding are big factors when riders are at fault.  But more cars today on American roads also play a big role.

Wayne Wright knows motorcycles

Unlike most other lawyers, motorcycles were Wayne Wright’s favorite ride for years. Call his Austin office if you were hit on a motorcycle.  Wayne Wright is one of America’s top trial lawyers.  His legal awards showcase his winnings on behalf of his clients.  You only pay fees, agreed upon in advance, when Wayne Wright wins your case. Calls and evaluations are free.

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