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Motorcycle accidents and risks

Even though most Kansas drivers know that motorcycles can be incredibly dangerous, motorcycles have only continued to become more popular in the recent years. According to the United States Department of Transportation, there were approximately 8.5 million motorcycles using the nation's roadways in 2012. Of these, 60 out of every 100,000 motorcycles registered were involved in accidents.

Motorcycles themselves are not dangerous, as they are not as likely to crash as passenger vehicles or trucks. Because they are small, however, motorcycles are less visible on the road, making drivers more likely to hit a motorcycle without actually seeing it. Additionally, road hazards and weather conditions that may be mere annoyances for passenger vehicles are more likely to negatively affect motorcycles.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that more than 4,660 motorcyclists were killed in wrecks. More than half of those fatalities were motorcycle riders or passengers over the age of 40. Older riders are also more at risk for suffering serious injuries than younger riders. Drunk motorcycle riders were involved in 27 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes in 2012, while 34 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were driving over the speed limit.

Because motorcyclists are not well-protected against potential injuries, riders may be seriously hurt in a crash. Should a careless or distracted driver cause an accident, the injured motorcyclist may be eligible to file a personal injury suit lawsuit in order to seek compensation for the injuries they suffered. An attorney may help them recover the cost of their medical expenses, any income that was lost and potential compensation for pain and suffering.

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