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Motorcycle ridership is growing at an astounding rate — and so are motorcycle crashes. New unit sales of on-highway motorcycles have increased by about 91 percent since 1997. In 2011 there were an estimated 11 million motorcycles in the United States with an estimated 25 million Americans riding them at least once a year.
Fatalities from motorcycle crashes more than doubled between 1999 and 2008. The latest figures show these accidents taking about 4,500 lives a year, or one in seven U.S. traffic deaths. Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries. More than half of all nonfatal injuries treated were in the leg and foot (30 percent) and head and neck (22 percent).
Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 35 times more likely than passengers in a car to die in an accident. The highest death rates were among 20 to 24 year olds, followed by 25 to 29 year olds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the percentage of intoxicated motorcycle riders in fatal accidents is greater than the percentage of intoxicated automobile drivers.
In 2007, half of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle in transport. In two-vehicle crashes, 78 percent of the motorcycles involved were struck in the front, with only two percent struck from the rear. Forty percent of fatal two-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles were the result of the other vehicle turning left, while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking.
Motorcycles are more likely to be involved in a fatal collision with a fixed object than any other vehicle. One quarter of the fatal motorcycle accidents involved colliding with a fixed object. Riders were speeding in almost forty percent of fatal motorcycle crashes. There is also a higher incidence of riders driving without licenses than drivers of cars.
However, in the majority — sixty percent — of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle rider’s right of way and caused the accident.
Celebrities who have died in motorcycle accidents include T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and Duane Allman.
Legal issues involved in securing damages for motorcycle accidents often involve insurance claim issues, determining negligence, product liability issues, and possible negligence related to road maintenance.
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