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Motorcycle accident data statistics and facts

People who ride or operate motorcycles in Dallas are exposed to unique dangers that are not faced by drivers of passenger vehicles such as cars. Without protective gear such as helmets, a rider can sustain severe head injuries in a motorcycle accident. It is also common knowledge that motorcyclists are prone to fatal injuries in collisions. Wearing protective gear does not guarantee the rider's safety. Without proper training and experience, a motorcyclist may find it difficult to make critical decisions to avoid collisions or accidents.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, for the past 15 years motorcycle safety has not significantly improved, which the Association attributes to decreased use of helmets. Helmet use is crucial, especially in preventing serious brain injury. Based on the crash data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,957 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2012. This data shows that motorcycle-related fatalities slightly rose from 4,630 in 2011 to nearly 5,000 in the following year. In 2012, 93,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents and these types of accidents also accounted for 15 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.

One of the common causes of motorcycle accidents is alcohol use. Just like other motorists, motorcyclists should note that operating their bikes while intoxicated can lead to serious repercussions. Drunk motorcyclists are prone to make irrational decisions, leading to accidents. Speeding is also a common cause of motorcycle crashes. Riding too fast or too slow for conditions can cause accidents. Riders who ride too fast may not be easily recognized by other drivers, which could result in collisions.

In the event of a motorcycle accident, all parties involved will likely be thoroughly investigated by the authorities in order to determine the negligent party. If the motorcyclist was driving responsibly prior to the collision, the motorcyclist may seek damages if he or she sustained serious injuries.

Source: Iii.org, "Motorcycle crashes," Accessed Oct. 2, 2014

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