Schemery Zicolello

The victims of fatal motorcycle accidents

When people choose to ride a motorcycle, they likely understand that there are some risks involved. While these risks can be minimized with safe and attentive driving, motorcycles just do not provide the same level of protection as a larger vehicle. Additionally, because of their small size, other drivers are more likely to fail to notice motorcycles on the roadways and cause accidents. Unlike car accidents, even minor motorcycle accidents often cause serious injuries to riders. Often, these accidents are fatal.

A fatal motorcycle accident could happen to any Pennsylvania riders. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are some similarities between fatal motorcycle crash victims and these victims are representative of the changes that have been made to motorcycle riding the last few decades. In particular, the CDC days that motorcycles are more common now among older, more affluent riders. Women also make up a greater portion of riders.

These changes have influenced fatal motor cycle accident statistics. For example, the CDC, says that as of 2010 over 50 percent of all fatal motorcycle accident victims were older than 40. This is a 25 percent increase in the number of over-40 deaths in 1995. There has also been an increase in the number of deaths on rural roads lately. Now, the CDC says, almost half of all fatal accidents occur on rural roads.

Furthermore, women are vulnerable in motorcycle accidents. The CDC says that 89 percent of passengers who were killed in motorcycle accident were women. Additionally, 10 percent of riders killed were women.

When someone killed in a motorcycle accident, the person's family can be left in shock -- no matter the victim's age or sex. The family often has to deal with both financial and emotional stress. With the help of an attorney, people can relieve some of this stress when the accident was caused by a negligent driver.

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