As someone who enjoys riding your motorcycle, you want to know that you're safe and can drive without fear on the roads in Colorado. Motorcycle safety enforcement is vital to your safety, as well as ongoing education for drivers who may cause you harm if they don't see you on the roads. These statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Association describe current motorcycle safety trends and statistics, pointing out that motorcycle safety itself has not advanced in 15 years, but that's primarily due to a lack of safety helmet use.
Four-thousand and fifty-seven people were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2012, the report shows. That number was up 7.1 percent from 4,630 in 2011. Notably, motorcycle accidents were on the rise in 2012, with 15 percent more injuries than in 2011.
Colorado itself had 75 riders and four passengers killed in motorcycle crashes in 2012. In 2011, 78 were killed. Additionally, while some people were not at fault for their accidents, 68 percent of motorcycle operators had been deemed at fault in 2012. Despite the dangers of motorcycles, the number of registrations are growing; 184,174 motorcycles are now registered in the state as of 2012 statistics.
When you're hurt by someone who was being negligent, you do have options. Of course, your medical bills and lost wages need to be covered, and they should be covered by the person whose actions injured you. Whether he was a distracted driver or under the influence at the time makes little difference; your life has been changed, and you need to pursue every option possible to get it back to normal.
Source: Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, "Motorcycle Safety" Dec. 04, 2014