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1 out of 6 traffic fatalities occurs on motorcycles

When the weather finally turns, motorists on Connecticut's highways begin to encounter increasing numbers of motorcyclists. Even though motorcycle riding is largely seasonal in Connecticut, a high percentage of all traffic fatalities stem from motorcycle deaths. This is because motorcyclists are more exposed and have considerably less protection than the drivers and passengers in other types of vehicles. Although car accidents are more frequent, motorcycle accidents tend to be more fatal.

The Governors Highway Safety Association reported last month that nationally, 5,286 motorcyclists were killed in 2016. Examining data going back to 1994, 2016 was the second deadliest year after 2008, which saw 5,312 motorcycle deaths. In 2016, 14.1 percent of all traffic fatalities were motorcycle deaths. This is a sharp increase from 8.4 percent in 1994.

The GHSA report indicates that motorcycle deaths comprised 17.7 percent of all traffic fatalities in Connecticut during 2016. Significantly higher than the national rate, Connecticut had the 10th highest percentage in the country. Nevada's motorcycle fatalities accounted for 22.6 percent - the highest in the nation - of all motor vehicle deaths in 2016.

In Connecticut, 52 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents during 2016. Preliminary data shows that 51 people died in fatal motorcycle crashes in 2017, however, this figure could become higher once it is adjusted for under-reporting. Sadly, about a quarter of all fatal motorcycle accidents involved an impaired rider.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

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