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10 Motorcycle Accident Stats You Should Know

12 August 2022 | 0 comments | Posted by Arumugam Madhaiyan in Get Court

Motorcycle accidents statistics

The motorcycle has been a substantial mode of transportation for a long time. In fact, in 2021, about 58.6 million motorcycles were sold globally. However, it is still less than car sales but not a huge variance. More than transportation, some people genuinely love to ride a motorcycle.

A motorcycle can be a comfortable mode of transportation, but it can be highly unsafe. Almost every other vehicle on the road is heavier than a bike. Motorcyclists face more danger than other vehicles in a crash. Even though every driver on the road has a duty of care, it is vital for the motorcyclist to be cautious.

A motorcycle accident can be frightening, especially for the motorcyclist. If you suffered an accident, file a lawsuit against the at-fault person. Filing a lawsuit might seem pointless, but the compensation money can cover your medical bills. However, winning a lawsuit against an insurance company is not easy. Hiring a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you is essential.

Motorcycle accident statistics

Here are ten intriguing statistics about motorcycle accidents.

1. In 2020, 5,579 People Died in Motorcycle Accident

As said, the motorcycle is a very dangerous mode of transportation. A minor mishap can result in fatal accidents. Not only to drivers, but it is also menacing to the passenger. Since 1997, the number of fatalities in a motorcycle accident is increased by more than twice.

2. Motorcycle Accounts for 14% of Total Accidents

It is a horrifying fact that motorcycle accidents account for 14% of total accidents. This high percentage of accidents has a variety of reasons. For instance, improper safety protocols are a major reason for bike accidents. Human errors and defective parts can also be a reason for an accident.

3. 38% of Motorcycle Accidents Involved an Unlicensed Motorcyclist

In any state, you need a valid license to drive a motorcycle. You might have learned to ride from an expert, but that is not enough. It is necessary to complete all the tests to acquire a driving license. Then and then only you can drive on the road. In 2020, 38% of the accidents were caused by drivers who didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

4. In 2020, 61% of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents were Helmeted

Helmets can reduce the risk of dying. But sadly, it cannot save you from all the situations. It is necessary for you to drive at a safe speed, even if you are wearing a helmet. The helmet poses no value when a truck hits you at high speed. It doesn’t mean you can drive without a helmet. It is essential to be cautious, even if you are wearing a helmet.

5. In 2020, 34% of Motorcycle Accidents were Caused by Higher Engine Capacity Vehicles

Bike lovers like to go fast. It is natural for motorcycle companies to make higher-capacity vehicles to fulfill the needs of the customer. These higher-capacity vehicles may seem fun but are extremely dangerous.

In 2020, 34% of bike accidents were caused by vehicles of more than 1400cc engine capacity. It is arduous to control a bike that is going at that speed. Buying a higher-capacity motorcycle is not a poor decision, but it is crucial to follow the safety protocols.

6. 66% of Single Vehicle Accidents are Due to Human Error

Most motorcycle accident involves other vehicles. In an accident that involves other vehicles, anyone can be liable. When it comes to single vehicle accidents, 66% of the time, it is caused by human errors.

7. The Average Age of Fatalities in a Motorcycle Accident was 25-29

Young drivers tend to drive more recklessly than old drivers. In addition to reckless driving, young drivers have less experience handling a motorcycle. That is why the average age of fatal motorcycle accidents is 25-29. Driving at high speed is acceptable on a highway. But it is critical to drive at a safe speed in urban areas.

8. Male Drivers are Accountable for 92% of Deaths

The motorcycle is popular among men. Almost bikes are exclusive only to men. The motorcycle design also suits men more than women. The high number of male deaths doesn’t mean men are irresponsible drivers. The number of female motorcyclists is very less.

9. 21% of Fatal Accidents were Caused by Alcohol-Impaired Drivers

Alcohol is a critical factor in motorcycle accidents. 21% of drivers had a BAC greater than 0.08. 16% of drivers had a BAC greater than 0.15%. Driving under the influence is extremely dangerous. One might feel like they are in control of the vehicle, but they are not. When driving under the influence, the driver will have blurry vision and lower reaction time. If you are drunk, it is best to call a taxi.

10. Florida is One of the Most Dangerous States for Motorcyclist

According to the U.S. fatal motorcycle accident statistics, Daytona beach in Florida is the most dangerous place for motorcyclists. They came to this conclusion after reviewing 20 years of accident reports from NHTSA. The drivers should be cautious while driving in this area.

Wrapping up

A motorcycle is a scary vehicle. Proper learning is necessary before taking it to the road. Any place can be a dangerous road for a bike. For example, Raleigh city in North Carolina has a low number of fatal accidents. But it doesn’t mean accidents will not happen in that area.

If you do suffer an accident in Raleigh, consult a Raleigh motorcycle accident lawyer. Always hire a local lawyer to maximize your chances of winning. Filing a lawsuit is crucial after a motorcycle accident because the compensation can help you with the medical bills.

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