As if the fact that motorcycle wrecks continue to occur frequently, the number of motorcycle accidents resulting in severe injuries or death is growing at a rate of more than double the amount of new motorcycles/drivers in the United States. Statistics from the United States Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continue to show that something needs to be done about the occurrence of motorcycle accidents in this country.
Surprising Motorcycle Crash Statistics
According to the United States Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- On average, more than 5,000 motorcyclists die in fatal accidents each and every year.
- Head injuries, such as those that are caused by the lack of a helmet, are the leading cause of deaths in motorcycle accidents.
- Motorcyclists not wearing helmets are 40 % more likely to die of a head injury than those who wear a helmet.
- Motorcyclists are more than 25 times more likely to experience a severe/deadly accident than those in passenger cars.
- The motorcycle accident fatality rate is nearly 5 times higher than the fatality rate for those involved in accidents in a passenger vehicle.
- Even though motorcycles only account for roughly 5% of all registered vehicles in the country, motorcycle accidents account for as high as 13% of all accidents each year.
- An estimated 1 in 4 motorcyclists involved in a fatal crash was driving with either an invalid license or no license at the time of the crash.
Motorcycle Safety Should Always Come First
Many motorcycle crashes tend to result from the motorcyclist not following, or taking, many simple safety measures. It may not be surprising to many that roughly 50% of all motorcycle accident fatalities involved speeding, and in roughly 40% of motorcycle accidents, the driver had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. These accidents could have been prevented all too easily.
Please always remember to:
- Avoid speeding
- Be mindful of traffic signs and conditions
- Not drive aggressively
- Use a signal when turning
- Not drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs
Too many people, young and old, have had their lives either ended or ruined because of motorcycle accidents. Please always keep safety your number one priority on the road and always do your part to help prevent the occurrence of these tragic accidents.
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, you should consider contacting one of our lawyers in RI with experience in handling these types of cases. The personal injury attorneys of d’Oliveira & Associates would like to meet with you and discuss the investigation of your motorcycle accident. Our law firm has represented and assisted numerous auto accident victims in bringing lawsuits against other drivers and insurance companies alike, and there are no fees unless we are successful. To have a member of our law office contact you, please fill out a contact form or call us at 1-800-992-6878.