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Indiana motorcycle accidents lead to fatalities

Indiana riders know that motorcycles present dangers. With negligent drivers on the roads who fail to give motorcyclists appropriate room to maneuver, or who are simply distracted, there is always the risk of serious motorcycle accidents.

Fortunately, after a peak year for motorcycle fatalities in 2012, data from the Indiana Automated Reporting and Information Exchange System indicates a decrease in fatalities for the following year. In the seven year period between 2007 and 2013, 2012 had the highest number of motorcycle fatalities, with 151. In 2013, there were 118 fatalities. Overall, the number of fatal motorcycle collisions decreased 23 percent, from 146 fatal collisions in 2012 to 113 in 2013.

Of the fatalities from motorcycle accidents in 2013, 81 of the deceased were motorcycle operators, 12 were motorcycle passengers, 23 were moped operators and 2 were moped passengers. Most of the motorcycle collisions in Indiana involve male motorcyclists. Approximately 85 percent of 2013's 3,792 collisions involved male riders. Significantly, however, the percentage of male motorcycle riders who died in motorcycle accidents decreased by 25 percent in 2013. In recent years, most Indiana motorcyclists who were killed in collisions were between the ages of 25 and 54.

Fortunately, Clark County has a relatively low rate of collisions compared to other counties statewide. The county was in the 25th percentile, as a percentage for total county collisions, for motorcycle collisions in 2013. Nonetheless, serious motorcycle accidents continue to happen in the county and can result in catastrophic injuries and deaths for Indianans. If you have been injured yourself, or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Indiana due to the actions of a negligent party, you may have a cause of action. An attorney may be able to offer guidance regarding your options.

Source:, "Traffic Safety Facts: Motorcycles, 2013," accessed April 8, 2016

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