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Greater risks to motorcyclists in crashes

Many Florida residents enjoy the freedom they feel when riding on motorcycles. The freedom and pleasure of riding on motorcycles is tempered, however, by the great risks motorcyclists face from drivers of other vehicles. Unfortunately, thousands are killed every year in accidents that are primarily caused by the negligence of other motorists.

According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,668 motorcyclists died in crashes during 2013, a decrease of slightly less than 5 percent from 2012. The agency also noted that motorcyclists had a 26 times greater likelihood of being killed in a wreck for every mile traveled than occupants of passenger cars that year. Cyclists were five times more likely to be injured in collisions as well.

It is often the case in motorcycle accidents that another motorist ignores the motorcyclist's right of way and causes the collision. This problem is due to several factors. As a smaller visual target, motorcyclists are often simply not noticed by people operating passenger vehicles. Motorcyclists are more susceptible to having accidents as well due to the wobbling that occurs in the front tire at higher rates of speed. Others may be fairly inexperienced riders, possessing less of an ability to drive defensively in the event of an impending accident.

With so many motorcyclists being killed unexpectedly every year, thousands of families across the U.S. are left to deal with their sudden passing and the attendant losses associated with their deaths. A family whose loved one is killed in a motorcycle collision caused by a negligent motorist may want to consider holding that party responsible. Through a wrongful death lawsuit, the family may be able to recover such damages as medical, funeral and burial expenses for their loved one, lost current and future income and lost inheritance rights.

Source: Insurance Information Institute, "Motorcycle Crashes", accessed on Jan. 26, 2015

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