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Michigan State Police: motorcycle accident deaths on the rise

The Michigan State Police released unfortunate statistics on motorcycle accidents in the state earlier this week. The state is experiencing a significant increase in motorcycle accidents and motorcycle fatalities, according to the police. From 2011 to 2012, motorcycle fatalities increased by 18 percent.

In 2011, the Michigan State Police investigated 109 deaths and in 2012 they investigated 129. Of course, in April 2012 Michigan threw out a law that had required motorcyclists to wear helmets. It is currently unclear whether the change in the helmet law is the cause of the increased number of deaths.

According to the Michigan State Police, motorcyclists are 40 percent more likely to die due to a head injury in a motorcycle accident if they do not wear helmets.

When the motorcycle helmet law was changed, supporters argued that it was necessary to take steps to prevent motorcycle accidents rather than mandate the use of helmets.

Motorcycle accidents are caused by a number of things. In some cases, cars fail to keep a proper lookout for motorcycles, or drivers of motor vehicles become distracted and then fail to prevent an accident. Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to injuries than motor vehicle drivers, and in fact motorcyclists often suffer catastrophic if not deadly injuries in collisions. As such, it is important both for motorcyclists and other motor vehicle drivers to prevent accidents by obeying traffic laws and paying attention to the roads. When motorcycle accidents or other motor vehicle accidents do occur in Michigan, negligent drivers can be held accountable for injuries and other costs with a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: WXYZ.com, "Michigan sees 18% increase in motorcycle deaths," Kim Russell, March 19, 2013

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