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These Aren’t Your Grandfather’s Demographics; Motorcycle Accidents Affect Entire Families

If you were to ask a normal person on the street what comes to mind when they think of motorcycles, they would probably say one of two things. (A. a twenty-something year old kid zooming around on a sports bike, or (B. a single man cruising around with his buddies on a Harley Davidson. The fact of the matter is that these two demographics represent only a small microcosm of the more than 8 million motorcyclists on the road today, and some of the others might surprise you. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

Motorcycles have seen a spike in popularity in recent years. According to estimations by the Motorcycle Industry Council, the percentage of American households with at least one bike in the driveway has rose from 5.4% in 2003 all the way up to 6.8% in 2008. That might not seem like much, but when you consider the fact that the United States is made up of some 320 million individuals, that equates to several million individuals purchasing bikes. This new wave of enthusiasts consists of older, more affluent riders, and we are seeing more and more women in the mix as well. The truth is that there is a great deal of diversity when it comes to motorcyclists; the vast majority of them are not twenty-something year old kids or unmarried Harley riders, they are fathers, mothers, husbands and wives, and that is what makes the thought of a motorcycle accident even more devastating.

Last year nearly 5,000 motorcycle fatalities were recorded in our country, and bikers are involved in fatal accidents at a rate more than 6 times that of passenger vehicles. Motorcyclists are less visible, less stable, and less crashworthy than their four wheeled counterparts, and are much more susceptible to weather and road conditions as well. These accidents can leave riders physically and mentally debilitated, and often relegates them to their homes for months on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, for the families of many motorcyclists, an accident can mean bearing the financial burden of a lifelong injury, a loss of an income, or worse, a loss of their loved one all together. (Insurance Information Institute; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Our lawyers know that no amount of money could ever replace a loved one, but for many of our clients it can help pay final expenses, and hold reckless and negligent drivers accountable for their actions. In the case of an injury, a settlement could be the difference between getting back on your feet and being buried under a mountain of medical bills and insurance costs.

Motorcycling is both a thrilling hobby and a lifestyle, and the number of riders is only going to continue to rise. At Levin & Perconti, we are committed to ensuring that our clients will never be left on the hook for an accident they had no control over. If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident, know that a free consultation with our lawyers is just a phone call away.