5,014 Americans dies in motorcycle crashes in 2019 with regular two-wheeled motorcycles accounting for 91 percent of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes.

Shockingly, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and 17 percent of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities. Of the 5,014 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, 94 percent (4,733) were riders and 6 percent (281) were passengers.

Crash Characteristics

61 percent of these motorcycle deaths happened in urban areas compared to 39 percent in rural areas. 66 percent occurred at locations that were not intersections compared to 34 percent at intersection. 91 percent occurred on non-interstate roads compared to 9 percent on interstates.

Crash Involvement

Fifty-five percent of the 5,114 motorcycles involved in these accidents were with motor vehicles that were moving.  In two-vehicle crashes, 76 percent of the motorcycles involved in fatal crashes were struck in the front. Only 7 percent were struck in the rear. Tragically, motorcycles were more frequently involved in fatal collisions with fixed objects than were other vehicle types. Twenty-three percent of motorcycles involved in fatal crashes in 2019 collided with fixed objects, compared to 16 percent for passenger cars, 13 percent for light trucks, and 4 percent for large trucks.

Age

Persons aged 55-and-older age accounted for 28 percent of motorcyclists killed in 2019. In 2019, the average age of motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes was 43.

Alcohol

Alcohol plays a major role in accidents and has a huge and tragic effect.

In 2019 there were 4,733 motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes. Of those, 1,383 (29%) were alcohol-impaired (BAC of .08 g/dL or higher). In addition, there were 354 (7%) motorcycle riders killed who had lower alcohol levels (BACs of .01 to .07 g/dL). Motorcycle riders involved (killed or survived) in fatal crashes in 2019 had higher percentages of alcohol impairment than any other type of motor vehicle driver (29% for motorcycle riders, 20% for passenger car drivers, 19% for light-truck drivers, and 2% for large truck drivers).

When looking at those killed in alcohol related motorcycle fatalities the group with the highest percent was the 40-to-44 age group (just over 40%) next was the 35-to-39 age group (about 38%), then 30-to-34 age group (35%) and 45-to-49 age group (35%), when compared to other age groups.

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Important Safety Reminders

 For Motorcyclists:

  1. Wearing a helmet is the single most effective way to protect yourself from a head injury. Riders and passengers are encouraged to always use a helmet for every ride.
  2. Ensure your helmet has a valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) label; the label means the helmet meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards – this is also known as the FMVSS 218 standard. Novelty helmets without this label may not meet the same standard and will not provide the best protection needed in a crash.
  3. Check the fit of your helmet to ensure optimal protection.
  4. Wear protective gear like a sturdy jacket, pants, boots, and gloves; safety gear provides protection in case of falls or crashes, and improves comfort during the ride.
  5. Make yourself visible by using high-visibility colors and retro-reflective materials to maximize the ability of drivers to see you.
  6. Motorcycle riding requires full attention, skill, and coordination. Avoid combining riding with drinking alcohol or using other impairing drugs.

For Drivers:

  1. Always be on the look-out for motorcyclists.
  2. A motorcycle’s smaller size means it can be hidden in your vehicle’s blind spot.
  3. A motorcycle’s size and narrow profile can make it difficult to judge its distance and speed. Take extra care when judging when to turn or merge.
  4. Maintain a safe distance from the motorcycle in front of you; motorcyclists can slow their motorcycles by downshifting instead of using their brakes. This means the brake lights won’t come on.
  5. Remember that motorcyclists sometimes change positions in their lane to avoid debris on the road.
Motorcyclist Critically Injured In Crash On Ludlam Road

A motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash on Ludlam Road in Hialeah, according to the Miami Police.

The crash happened just before 7 p.m. at the intersection between Ludlam Road and Humpty Dumpty Drive.

Police said a motorcycle was travelling north on Ludlam Road and had the green light. A Honda Accord was travelling south on Ludlam Road and also had a green light, but turned left onto Humpty Dumpty Drive.

The motorcycle in the crashed ran into the frontend of the Honda. The motorcyclist did not have a helmet on his head at the time of the crash leading to life-threatening head injuries, Miami Police said.

Initial investigation revealed that the driver of the Honda failed to yield the right-of-way.

If it is determined that the driver of the Honda caused the accident, that driver will be cited or charged depending on what the evidence shows, police said.

Drivers are encouraged to use caution in the area.

What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident

The first step in pursuing a crash involving a motorcycle is to reach out to an experienced attorney who can help guide you through the many questions that you will have about the legal process and potential compensation for your medical bills and other possible claims. An attorney will investigate to determine who caused the accident and who is responsible. They will review accident reports, speak to witnesses and other evidence to determine accident fault. They will ensure that all filing deadlines are met, including notice requirements for claims against the government.

Accidents involving motorcycles sometimes have one or more drivers involved. This means that there are times that multiple insurance companies will be involved. Our team of lawyers will negotiate with all parties at fault, and their insurance companies, with the goal to reach a settlement agreement without ever having to go to an actual trial. If they cannot reach an agreement that provides you with the compensation that you deserve, they will then pursue your financial recovery in court.

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