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Motorcyclist deaths rose last year in the U.S.

There is bad news for motorcycle riders. According to a new report released by the Governor's Highway Safety Association, 5,000 motorcyclists were killed throughout the U.S. last year. The number of deaths in 2012 was nine percent higher than the previous year. Officials state the trend in motorcycle deaths is heading the wrong direction, an alarming claim for all riders. The number of deaths is indeed high, yet, one should recognize the tragedy does not stop there. Every year, it is likely thousands more receive serious injuries as the result of a motorcycle accident.

The Governor's Highway Safety Association is trying to decrease the number of motorcycle-related death and injuries by encouraging motorists to share the road with motorcyclists. While this is a laudable goal, such awareness is unlikely to drastically prevent a speeding driver from acting negligently or other motorists from causing a wreck due to a failure to yield.

The truth of the matter is that motorcycle accidents will never be fully prevented. Those who are unfortunate enough to find themselves victimized by a negligent driver can be left with broken bones, a head injury, or a permanent disability, all of which may require long-term care. Tragically, many motorcyclists are killed when they are involved in a wreck.

While victims and their families can be devastated by such accidents, a lawsuit can help alleviate some of the financial stress that only makes recovery more difficult. If an accident victim can prove the other driver was negligent, that negligence caused the accident, and the plaintiff's injuries resulted from the accident, then he can recover damages.

A family drowning in debt related to the accident can be saved by a successful lawsuit. If one wins such a case, he may be able to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and, in the sad event of death, funeral costs. A motorcyclist should never fall victim to a distracted driver, but when he does action should be taken to punish the one responsible.

Source: WATE News 6, "Motorcycle deaths continue to climb," Apr. 24, 2013

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