No one has to tell you that motorcycles are dangerous. Motorcycle accidents and fatalities have been on the rise in Illinois, and throughout the country, in recent years. As you can see from the table below, which was taken from the 63-page article written by the National Highway Safety Administration (NTSB) entitled “Recent Trends in Fatal Motorcycle Crashes”, motorcycle ownership used to be predominately younger. However, motorcycle ownership, and therefore motorcycle accidents, are increasingly moving to middle age individuals. As of 2003, the median age for ownership of a motorcycle was 41 years of age.
Motorcycles vs. car crashes are extremely dangerous to motorcyclists. The chart below shows the trend in motorcycle fatalities is up nationwide with the fatality rate per 100,000 approaching 70 as of 2004. Most every rider understands the risks he takes each time he gets on a motorcycle. It appears that the National Highway Safety Administration keeps track of a variety of statistics including the causes of motorcycle accidents, what constitutes a motorcycle accident, the types of injuries in a motorcycle accident, as well as the number of fatalities.
The NTSB often focuses on safety equipment and not on the cause of motorcycle accidents. These are things some riders don’t know:
If you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle, motor scooter, or moped accident, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer to get the answers to your questions and understand your legal rights. Robert Edens offers an honest, no obligation, free consultation. He will evaluate the facts of your case, review any settlement that an insurance company has offered you, or tell you how you can handle the case yourself if his services are unnecessary. Call 847-395-2200 or click here to schedule your appointment for a free consultation.