Motorcyclist fatalities rose in Kentucky and US in 2012

Statistics show an increase in the number of motorcyclist fatalities in 2012.

Riding a motorcycle is an enjoyable way to get around town. Across the country, more people have been choosing this mode of transportation in recent years, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 2009, around 8 million motorcycles were on the road - by 2012 that number had jumped to 8.5 million.

Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle also exposes the motorcyclist to risks, particularly when he or she is sharing the road with a negligent motorist.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of motorcyclists killed in collisions has been increasing across the country recently. In 2012, the number of motorcyclists killed in collisions with motor vehicles rose over 7 percent from the year before. In total, 4,957 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2012 - a significant increase from the 4,630 fatalities that took place in 2011.

Sadly, an increase in the number of people injured in motorcycle accidents was also seen in 2012. In all, 93,000 motorcyclists suffered injuries in collisions in 2012 - an increase of 12,000 from the 81,000 who suffered injuries the year before.

Similar spikes in the number of motorcyclist fatalities were seen in Kentucky in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2012, approximately 100 motorcyclists were killed in collisions in Kentucky - up from just 71 fatalities in the state the year prior.

According to the Kentucky State Police, while motorcycle crashes represented less than 1 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in the state in 2012, they accounted for over 8.5 percent of all fatal crashes. In total, around 2,000 motorcycles were involved in collisions in Kentucky in 2012 - 93 of those motorcycle accidents resulted in at least one fatality.

In addition, 1,245 of the motorcycle crashes in Kentucky resulted in at least one person suffering injuries. In all, 1,490 people suffered injuries in motorcycle collisions in Kentucky in 2012.

Seek legal counsel following a motorcycle crash in Kentucky

Often, motorcycle accidents are caused by other motorists who fail to notice motorcyclists on the road. When another motorist is not alert on the road and causes a serious collision with a motorcycle, he or she should be held accountable for the harm caused in the crash.

In such situations, the injured motorcyclist should talk to a skilled personal injury attorney to discuss his or her potential options. A legal professional will be able to advocate on behalf of the injured party to ensure his or her interests are protected.

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