You feel fairly safe when you go out on your motorcycle. You have been riding for years, after all, and you know how to take the proper precautions.

That’s all well and good, but the statistics do paint a fairly bleak picture, and you have to be aware of the risks that you face. For example, when compared to cars, the rate of motorcycle fatalities is staggering. Statistics show that they happened 29 times as often as fatalities in cars in 2015.

Now, it is important to note that the statistics were adjusted to account for fatalities per mile traveled. People use cars far more often than motorcycles and cover far more miles, so there are technically many more fatalities in cars than on bikes. Adjusting the statistics evens things out, though, and shows that a motorcyclist who is in an accident is far more likely to die than a person in a car who gets in an accident.

There are a lot of reasons for the difference, but it starts with a lack of protection. A helmet and a leather jacket cannot make up for the safety of a car’s passenger compartment. It is very possible that a driver who hits a motorcyclist may be uninjured in the wreck, even if the motorcyclist is seriously injured or killed.

You can ride safely. You can take precautions. But you cannot avoid all wrecks, all the time. You cannot account for all the mistakes that other drivers make. If you get hit and you do suffer significant injuries as a result, you need to know how to seek financial compensation.