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Motorcycle fatality facts for Ontario

A report from Canada states that motorcycle deaths could be at an all-time high in 2014 onward, as the number of people killed in motorcycling accidents has increased substantially each year. In 2014, 26 riders were killed before August in Ontario alone. If you've been hurt or lost a loved one, these statistics may help you make your case for compensation.

Are motorcyclists to blame? Sometimes, but drivers are also not always being as safe as they should be. Here are some facts about motorcycle deaths in Ontario.

According to the news, 16 out of 175 motorcyclists who were killed between 2008 and 2014 in Ontario were under the age of 25. Maybe surprising is the fact that the most likely age group to suffer injuries or deaths is between 45 and 54 years old. Those between 45 and 64 make up around half of all the fatalities for those years.

Are motorcyclists always at fault?

No, and many times, it's drivers of motor vehicles who make the mistakes that hurt others. Between 2008 and 2014, 50 of the riders had been driving properly when they were struck by another person.

Are wet roads more dangerous for riders?

Interestingly, they don't appear to be. Out of all the fatalities, only 17 people died on slick, wet roads. The others were all traveling on dry roads when the accidents took place.

What are common factors in motorcycle accidents?

The most commonly seen contributing factors include losing control of the motorcycle, being hit by an intoxicated driver, driving while drunk or speeding.

Source: CBC News, "Motorcycle deaths could hit 7-year high, OPP says," accessed March 11, 2016

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