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Number of motorcycle fatalities possibly down in 2017

According to an analysis of initial data from 2017, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents declined by over five percent. The initial estimate of motorcycle deaths in 2017 is 4,990. In 2016, the number was 5,286.

While certainly this is a promising improvement, the report in other respects shows that Houston-area motorcyclists are still subject to a lot risk and potential danger when they are out on the road. For example, as of 2016, motorcyclists constituted just under 15 percent of all victims of fatal motor vehicle accidents. In 1994, about 25 years ago, only about 1 in 17 victims of fatal accidents, about 6 percent, were motorcyclists.

What this means is that, mile for mile, the motorcyclist is almost 30 times more likely to die in a vehicle crash than the driver of another type of car.

Of course, there are things a motorcyclist can do to prevent accidents or, at least, to reduce the likelihood that they will be seriously hurt in an accident. However, certainly not all of these fatalities can be pinned on the motorcyclist herself. In many cases, a motorcyclist dies because the driver of another vehicle is distracted, drunk or just not paying attention enough to notice a motorcyclist.

When a motorcyclist dies because of the negligence of another driver, the family of the victim will no doubt have financial costs associated with their loss. Perhaps more importantly, they will want some sense of closure and at least some sense that the responsible parties were held accountable for their loved one's death. A wrongful death suit may be the means of accomplishing both of these goals.

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