Motorcycle Rider Accident Statistics

by William Mattar | July 10th, 2022

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According to some sources by the year 2019, there were approximately 8.6 million registered motorcycles in the United States. Whether running an errand or just exploring, the freedom that comes with riding a motorcycle on a clear road can be exciting. Sadly, however, motorcycle accidents continue to be reported every year; some causing fatalities and others resulting in permanent injuries. Motorcycle crash statistics may help to illustrate some of the dangers associated with motorcycle riding, and some things that can be done to reduce the risk of injury. 

What Are the Motorcycle Accident Rates?

Motorcycles can be less stable than other vehicles on the road, like automobiles, and sometimes less conspicuous or noticeable on the road. Motorcycle Riders can be more exposed to bad weather and poor road conditions, potentially making them more susceptible to accidents than four-wheel automobile drivers who are enclosed in the frame of the vehicle.

Motorcycle riders are overrepresented in traffic-related deaths in the United States. According to data compiled by the NHTSA, mile for mile, motorcycle fatalities occurred nearly 29 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes. Motorcycle riders can also be more likely to experience significant injuries in accidents, such as head injuries, cuts, bruises, fractured bones, or other life-threatening injuries.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Most of the factors that cause other vehicle accidents can also cause motorcycle accidents. However, motorcyclists can be at an increased risk because they don’t necessarily have the same protective measures other motorists have. 

Vehicle Turning Across Traffic

A car turning left across traffic can potentially result in a motorcycle accident. Left turns are a common cause of collisions because some left-turning motorists fail to see what is there to be seen or misjudge the amount of time they have to execute the turn

Poor Visibility of Motorcyclists

A driver can be more likely to hit a motorcyclist in the next lane while changing lanes if the driver fails to spot the motorcyclist.

Additionally, an accident might occur if a driver fails to detect an approaching rider before changing lanes. The car can abruptly enter the biker’s path, causing a serious collision.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving can include quick, unsignaled lane changes,  driving at an excessively high speed, and following other vehicles too closely. These behaviors can pose a risk of serious injuries to motorcyclists, who can be somewhat exposed to roadway hazards.

Weather Conditions

Motorcycle riders can be vulnerable during harsh weather due to slippery roads caused by accumulated snow and ice deposits or rainwater on roads.

How Can Motorcycle Riders Get Help After an Accident?

The health and wellbeing of an injured motorcyclist is the most important thing after an accident. For this reason, seeking medical attention immediately after an accident should be a priority. Not all injuries may be immediately apparent. For example, some injuries–like post-traumatic stress disorder–can potentially have a delayed onset. 

If the motorcyclist incurs significant medical bills or lost wages, and experiences pain and suffering, a personal injury claim can be explored.  An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help the injured motorcyclist obtain maximum compensation.

Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident? Call William Mattar 

If you’d like more assistance, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at William Mattar, P.C. at (844) 444-4444. Our attorneys are happy to review your case to see if we can help.