Many memorable things happened in 1997. Many of us remember the world mourning Princess Diana, Timothy McVeigh being sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing, and the movie Titanic hitting the theaters. Few of us, however, are likely to remember the national motorcycle fatality statistics.

What Changed for Motorcyclists Between 1997 - 2007?

A lot changed for motorcyclists in the decade between 1997 and 2007*. For example:
  • In 1997, 2,116 people died in U.S. motorcycle crashes.
  • In 2007, 5,154 people died in U.S. motorcycle crashes.
  • In 1997, approximately 53,000 people were injured in U.S. motorcycle accidents.
  • In 2007, the number of estimated injuries rose 94% to 103,000.

There are likely numerous factors that account for the 2007 motorcycle accidents in Alpharetta and throughout the country. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics acknowledges that motorcycle registrations and miles traveled increased during the decade between 1997 and 2007. However, the injury and fatality rates increased even accounting for that substantial difference.

Some other reasons for the increase in injuries and fatalities may be the relaxation of helmet laws in some states, the increased use of racing style motorcycles, and speeding.

What Remains the Same, as it Did in 1997?

The statistics described above are striking, but what is more important than the aggregate numbers are the individuals and families affected by each and every Georgia motorcycle crash. If you have been hurt or if you have lost a loved one, then you know the physical pain, financial worries, and emotional suffering that can accompany a motorcycle accident.

You should also know that you may have the right to recover damages. For more information about your rights and your potential recovery, please contact an experienced Alpharetta car crash attorney at 1.770.518.1133. Additionally, we encourage you to download our free e-book, Four Common Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Georgia Car or Truck Claim for more information.

*Source: Research and Innovative Technology Administration Bureau of Transportation Statistics Motorcycle Trends in the United States by C. Craig Morris, Ph.D.