Mississippi is a Deadly State for MotorcyclistsMississippi Legal News
For some people, riding a motorcycle is a fun and leisurely way to enjoy a nice day outside. The rate of motorcycle ownership and the number of registrations for new motorcycles have been increasing year after year across the country. Many different types of people are falling for the allure and excitement of riding a motorcycle which is why there has been an increase in groups other than men purchasing these vehicles. In specific, women buying motorcycles is increasing along with individuals that are college-aged.
The number of registered motorcycles in the country was 4.2 million in 2002 but by 2018 that number nearly doubled. Despite the inherent danger that exists with operating a motorcycle, people are still flocking to get one. The United States continues to boast very high numbers of homes that have at least one motorcycle. Riding a motorcycle is a highly dangerous activity and is an extremely deadly form of transportation with 200 people dying on one of these machines for every billion miles rode.
Does Mississippi Have Many Motorcycles?
In terms of the number of motorcycles that are registered in the country, California and Flordia lead all states. California had approximately 808,377 registered motorcycles while Florida had just a bit less at 591,267. By substantial margins, these two states are home to the most registered motorcycle riders when compared to the rest of the country. Mississippi by contrast has some of the lowest motorcycle ownership rates in the nation. In 2019, there were 31,509 registered motorcyclists in the state. The only states with fewer registrations were:
- Vermont had 30,404 registered motorcycles.
- Wyoming had 28,644 registered motorcycles.
- Delaware had 28,312 registered motorcycles.
- Alaska had 28,129 registered motorcycles.
- Rhod Island had 24,175 registered motorcycles.
- District of Columbia had the lowest motorcycle ownership at 4,351.
This means that out of 50 states, Mississippi had the seventh-lowest number of registered motorcycles. Still, the rate of death for registered motorcyclists in Mississippi is alarmingly high. In 2017, Mississippi was the deadliest state for motorcyclists. Mississippi had a rate of 14.22 fatalities per 10,000 registered motorcycles while Florida came in at number four with a rate of 10.06 fatalities and California was number 20 at 6.28.
The reasons behind how motorcycle crashes occur vary. There could be many factors that may lead to a deadly Mississippi motorcycle incident including mechanical defects with the bike, motorcycle operator errors, and negligence of other parties. If you were injured in a Mississippi motorcycle accident because of the actions of an irresponsible party, then it is fair to say you probably sustained a significant amount of damages from your incident. That is if you survived it. If you were injured or if you are a family member who lost a loved one in a deadly Jackson motorcycle accident, you deserve to be compensated for what you had to go through.
Speak with a Mississippi Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Family members who lost a loved one in a Mississippi motorcycle crash can file a Mississippi wrongful death claim against the negligent party for compensation. Injured victims after a Mississippi motorcycle accident can pursue compensation by filing a Mississippi personal injury claim. To learn more about the claims process and to obtain the most effective legal guidance and support schedule your free consultation with the Germany Law Firm by calling (601) 487-0555 today.