Motorcyclist deaths up in Arizona last year

New statistics show the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents in Arizona rose in 2013.

In Arizona and across the country, the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents has been on the rise in recent years. The latest statistics from the Arizona Department of Transportation show an increase in motorcyclist fatalities in 2013 from the year prior.

According to ADOT, 149 motorcyclists and passengers died in collisions in Arizona in 2013 - a significant increase from 2012, when 139 motorcyclists and passengers lost their lives in such crashes.

In total, there were 3,081 motorcycle collisions in Arizona in 2013. Overall, 141 motorcycle drivers were killed in accidents in the state, while another 2,466 motorcyclists suffered injuries in collisions that year.

The danger of motorcycle accidents across the country

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona is not alone in seeing an increase in motorcyclist fatalities. In the United States, the number of people who died in motorcycle collisions doubled between 1999 and 2008.

Young people - specifically those between the ages of 20 and 29 - are most at risk of being killed or injured in motorcycle crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In all, over one million motorcyclists required emergency room medical care between 2001 and 2008 in the U.S. The injuries most often suffered by motorcyclists involved in crashes include those to the legs and feet and the head and neck. Of the motorcyclists injured in crashes between 2001 and 2008, 30 percent suffered leg and foot injuries, while 22 percent suffered injuries to the head and neck. Of course, the medical expenses incurred following such injuries can be substantial, leaving many injured motorcyclists wondering how they will pay for their medical care.

When a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle takes place, the injuries suffered by the motorcyclist are often the most severe. In addition to personal injuries, the motorcycle involved in the crash is often seriously damaged.

When another driver causes a motorcycle accident, the motorcyclist may be able to recover damages to account for the harm caused in the crash. For instance, a motorcyclist may be able to receive financial compensation to account for medical expenses and property damage. In addition, he or she may be able to recover damages for lost wages and pain and suffering.

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Arizona, you should talk to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, who will take steps to ensure you receive the compensation to which you may be entitled.

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