Riding a motorcycle can be a lot of fun, and for some Connecticut residents, the feeling of freedom while riding can't be beat. But according to some recent government data it appears that this freedom can come at a significant price.
Statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have indicated that while the percentage of passenger car fatalities in the nation has decreased, the percentage of all motor vehicle fatalities attributable to motorcycle accidents has increased. The NTHSA looked at vehicle crashes between 2004 and 2013 and found that the percentage of passenger car fatalities compared to all accident deaths decreased from 45 percent in 2004 to 37 percent in 2013. During that same time period, the percentage of fatal motorcycle fatalities increased from 9 percent to 14 percent of all accident fatalities.
However, even though motorcycle crashes are making up a larger chunk of fatalities, the number of motorcyclists who died in 2013 actually went down. Motorcycle deaths decreased from 4,986 deaths in 2012 to 4,668 deaths in 2013. That is a difference of 318 lives and a decrease of 6.4 percent. Additionally, there a decrease in the number of motorcycle injuries between 2012 and 2013. In 2012, 93,000 motorcyclists were injured, while in 2013 88,000 motorcyclists were injured, a decrease of 5,000.
Despite this change in statistics, being involved in a motorcycle accident can still result in serious injuries and significant losses in the form of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Any Connecticut resident who has been involved in a motorcycle crash may want to speak with a personal injury attorney in order to find out what legal steps can be taken in an attempt to recoup those losses.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "2013 Motor vehicle crashes", accessed Oct. 25, 2015