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Study shows dangers and costs of motorcycle accidents

Most people understand that riding a motorcycle in Pennsylvania involves risks. However, a recent study shows just how great those risks can be. According to the study, motorcycle accidents carry a higher risk of catastrophic injuries. The study was conducted by the Government Accountability Office and shows that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in an accident than an automobile driver.

The study shows that the best way to reduce the chance of injuries in an accident is for the motorcycle driver to wear a helmet. In Pennsylvania, driver are not required to wear a helmet if they are at least 21-years-old, have been riding for two years and have completed a safety course.

In 2011, 200 motorcyclists were killed in Pennsylvania. These motorcycle accidents and other around the country totaled nearly $16 billion, according to the new study. These costs have been distributed to all citizens through increases in health care costs and to insurance premiums. However, motorcycle accident victims are the ones who most directly must deal with the consequences of collisions.

As this study shows, accidents are not only dangerous but costly. When the accident was caused by someone else's negligence, the motorcyclist should not have to bear these costs alone. There are generally medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and lost wages to cover. In some cases, there may be permanent disability. In these cases, legal recourse is available and the negligent party may be responsible for these costs and more.

In the cases where collisions cause motorcyclists' death, the families of the riders may want to consider a wrongful death suit. Through these suits families may recover lost wages, funeral expenses and pain and suffering.

Source: KDKA, "Motorcyclists More Prone To Fatal Crashes," Stacy Smith, Nov. 28, 2012

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