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Motorcyclist Deaths Reach all-time High in the United States

Residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma, want their motorcycle-riding loved ones to be safe on roadways. However, accidents happen anytime and anywhere, causing severe injuries to a motorcyclist.

Because of the lack of safety measures available to motorcycle riders, a motorcyclist is at a greater risk of sustaining serious injury in the event of a crash than occupants of a car or truck. Often, motorcycle crash accidents result in the driver experiencing injuries that lead to permanent disability or even death.

Increasing motorcyclist death and injuries rates greatly concern law enforcement and motor safety officials across the United States, including in Oklahoma, because the number of motorcycle riders is increasing every day. According to a recent study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motorcyclist deaths have reached an all-time high in the United States, having more than doubled between 1999 and 2008. Conversely, crash-related deaths involving cars and light trucks are at historically low levels.

According to the study with a decade of statistics analyzed, motorcycle death rates increased 55 percent, with more than 34,000 motorcyclists losing their lives in motorcycle crashes and an estimated million more motorcyclists needing treatment in U.S. emergency departments for injuries received in non-fatal motorcycle accidents. More than half of motorcycle injuries were to legs, feet, head and neck. Younger motorcyclists, those aged 20 to 29, have the highest death and injury rates of those age groups riding motorcycles.

Injury or death to a loved one in a motorcycle crash can impact a family emotionally and financially. A motorcycle crash victim or the person’s family has a legal right to seek compensation if the crash occurred due to negligence of others, such as an inattentive driver. Motorcycle injury cases can be complex to adjudicate. The services of an attorney may be optimal to the success of a case seeking compensation from a negligent party.

Source: CDC.gov, “Motorcycle Crash-Related Data,”