Overall, there are more car accidents than motorcycle accidents on U.S. roads. However, motorcyclists are statistically more likely to sustain injuries or die in a motorcycle accident than car drivers or passengers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists make up just 3% of all motor vehicles on the road, yet account for 14% of all traffic-related deaths. In fact, motorcyclists and their passengers are 28 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury than a driver or passenger in a car.
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Why Are Motorcyclists More Likely to Die Than Those in Cars?
Several factors may contribute to the deaths of motorcyclists, including the lack of a car body to absorb impact, the skill required to operate a motorcycle safely, and the increased risk presented by weather conditions and road hazards.
Other motorcycle safety statistics to keep in mind include:
- In 2016, 24% of all motorcycle accidents happened between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- In 2016, 5,286 motorcyclists suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident.
- In 2015, 88,000 motorcyclists suffered injuries while riding.
- In 2018, 4,985 motorcyclists died due to injuries sustained on a motorcycle.
- 80% of motorcycle accidents result in injury or fatality.
Regarding the contrast of whether there are more car accidents or motorcycle accidents, it’s important to consider the differences between these two types of accidents. Riding a motorcycle can be an enjoyable experience, but it can also result in the loss of life or severe injury. It is important to constantly be aware of your surroundings when operating any motor vehicle.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Riding a motorcycle requires accepting some level of risk. However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your passengers. The National Safety Council recommends all motorcyclist take the following precautions while riding:
- Always wear a motorcycle helmet, and make sure it fits you properly.
- Wear bright and reflective clothing to make you more noticeable to other drivers.
- Drive defensively; be prepared to take action if another driver cuts you off, pulls in front of you, or does not see you.
- Choose your bike carefully – sport bikes have a higher death rate than cruisers.
- Pay attention to the road surface so you can avoid potholes, puddles, debris, and other hazards.
- Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In 2015, 42% of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes were under the influence of alcohol.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney to Understand Your Legal Options
A motorcycle accident attorney can help you pursue compensation to cover your medical costs. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today for a free motorcycle accident case review. We take care of the legal process so you can focus on getting better. Call our dedicated personal injury legal team today at 1-800-747-3733.