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Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney, motorcycle ridingRiding on a motorcycle presents more risks than riding in cars. In fact, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident than car occupants. They are also six times more likely to be injured.

Despite the fact that motorcyclists are at greater risk for death or injury, they are not necessarily at fault when accidents occur. In fact, a National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) study from 2003 concluded that in 80 percent of accidents involving a motorcycle and a car, the motorcyclist was not at fault or was less at fault than the other driver.

Tips to Decrease the Likelihood of a Motorcycle Accident

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin motorcyle lawyerWith spring's arrival and weather warming throughout many parts of the country, motorcyclists in some areas have already taken to the road. Even Wisconsin, where the temperatures still feel like winter, will start to see an influx of the two-wheeled vehicles quite soon. And that makes now the perfect time to remind all drivers that accident prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

Just How Big is the Problem?

At first glance, the 2,000 annual motorcyclist deaths may seem like a far cry from the 30,000 fatal car accidents each year. If, however, a side by side comparison is made, motorcyclists are 16 times more likely to be killed in a crash and four times more likely to be injured. In fact, while only 20 percent of all car crashes cause an injury or fatality, the figure jumps to a staggering 80 percent for motorcycle crashes; mile for mile, they are at higher risk.

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