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Motorcyclists can be uniquely vulnerable to accidents and harm

Motorcycle riders can be vulnerable on the roadways for a number of reasons. Motorcycles are less visible than passenger vehicles and other types of traffic. In addition, motorcyclists lack the protection provided by an enclosed passenger vehicle which leaves motorcyclists more likely to be injured or killed in a motorcycle and car collision if one occurs.

During 2013, a total of 4,381 motorcyclists died in motorcycle accidents which were double the number of motorcycle fatalities in 1997. Motorcycle fatalities were on the rise from 1998 through 2008 but decreased in 2009. They again increased each year from the years 2010 through 2012 and decreased again in 2013. Overall, motorcycle accident fatalities accounted for 13 percent of all car accident fatalities in 2013.

In Connecticut from 1999 to 2008 there were a total of 12,200 motorcycle accidents, 10,569 motorcycle injuries and 458 motorcycle fatalities. The nature of motorcycles leaves motorcyclists uniquely vulnerable to the negligence and carelessness of other drivers on the roadways. In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the right of way of the motorcycle and caused the accident. It is important for passenger vehicle drivers to responsibly share the roadways with motorcycle riders to help keep them safe on the roads.

Likewise, it is important for motorcycle accident victims to understand how to protect themselves. A number of legal protections are available to motorcycle accident victims who have suffered damages in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accident victims, as well as surviving family members of motorcycle accident victims killed in a motorcycle accident, have important remedies and resources to be aware of following a motorcycle accident wrongfully caused by the negligence or carelessness of another driver.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, "Motorcycle and ATV 2013," Accessed July 14, 2015

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