Motorcycles have become a popular means of transportation and hobby for many people across the United States. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that there are approximately 8.2 million motorcycles on the road. In recent years, the number of motorcycles on the road has increased and so has the number of motorcycle accidents.
From 2010 to 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that motorcycles deaths increased from 4,518 to 4,612. The NHTSA also found that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than occupants of a car to suffer a fatality and 5 times more likely to suffer an injury (i).
Motorcyclists face an increased risk of injuries because motorcycles are by their very nature less crashworthy. They are less visible, less stable, require a different set of physical and mental skills, and are more susceptible to dangerous road and weather conditions.
Over an 8-year period, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there were over 34,000 deaths and 1.2 million injuries caused by motorcycle accidents. Of these accidents, 30% of injuries were to the legs and feet, 22% were to the head and neck, 20% were to the back, and 18% were to the arms and hands. Additionally, the CDC found that death and injury rates were highest among 20-24 year-olds followed by 25-29 year-olds (ii).
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- (i) U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics.
- (ii) Center for Disease Control and Prevention.