How many people are injured or killed in the United States in motorcycle accidents?

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Motorcycle accidents are usually quite serious. They have a much higher fatality rate than car or truck accidents and they often result in far more catastrophic injuries and damages. Every year, thousands of people are killed in accidents involving motorcycles and an Elizabethtown personal injury lawyer can help you if you have a claim. 

In the U.S., an average of 34,000 people were killed between 2001 and 2008 in motorcycle accidents. The highest rate of fatalities occurred among 20-24 year olds. A majority of the accidents recorded during this time involved riders who weren’t wearing helmets, which is why helmet laws are so important. The most effective way to get people to wear helmets is by passing and enforcing a universal helmet law. 

This type of law requires all motorcycle riders and passengers of all ages to wear helmets whenever they ride. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “On a yearly basis, there are an average of 4,000 to 5,000 people killed in accidents involving motorcycles. Each state decides its respective helmet law. As of May 2012, 19 states and the District of Columbia had universal helmet laws, 28 states had a partial helmet law, and 3 states had no helmet law.” 

The bottom line is that people need to be safer on the roads. After an accident, however, it’s already too late. If you have been involved in an accident or lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence in an accident, you deserve compensation. Talk to an Elizabethtown personal injury lawyer to discuss your case and get the outcome that you deserve today. You can call us at 888-450-4456 or visit our website to learn more.