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Preliminary data: motorcycle deaths were up in the U.S. in 2015

Recent statistics point to over 5,000 motorcyclists having lost their lives out on America's roads last year.

The statistics in question are preliminary data on motorcycle fatalities in 2015 collected by the states and Washington D.C. and given to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Based on this data, it is estimated that, last year, the U.S. saw 5,010 motorcyclist deaths.

This estimate, if it proves correct, would mean that motorcyclist deaths went up 10 percent between 2014 and 2015. It would also make 2015 the nation's deadliest year for motorcyclists since 2008 and only the third year overall that the country has had a recorded motorcyclist fatality total exceeding 5,000.

This is a reversal of what the U.S. had been seeing when it comes to motorcycle fatalities during the previous couple of years. In both 2013 and 2014, motorcyclist fatalities went down, not up.

While not all states saw an increase in motorcycle deaths in 2015 under the preliminary numbers, many states did. Specifically, such increases were seen in 31 states. Missouri was among these states. According to the 2015 preliminary numbers, motorcycle accidents were up 3 percent in the state last year as compared to 2014.

Among the things that can cause motorcyclist deaths is negligence by other motor vehicle drivers. Given this, protecting the safety of motorcyclists is something it is important for all motor vehicle drivers in Missouri and the nation to be vigilant about.

When a motorcyclist is killed as result of a driver behaving negligently, there are various types of compensation the motorcyclist's family may be able to seek out. The pursuit of such compensation though can be complicated and involve a wide range of issues. So, when it comes to the seeking of compensation in relation to a fatal accident, such as a deadly motorcycle accident, a family may want the advice and representation of a lawyer skilled in wrongful death cases.

Source: Governors Highway Safety Association, "Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State - 2015 Preliminary Data," Accessed May 24, 2016

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Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.