Riding a motorcycle on today’s roadways is much riskier compared to riding in a car. When compared with car accidents, motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injuries or death. Some of the risks that are associated with riding a motorcycles include:
- Less visibility to cars
- More susceptibility to road hazards such as debris, potholes, wet pavement, or uneven road surfaces
- Lack of a physical barrier between the rider and the road
- Less stability
- More vulnerability to changing weather conditions
- Lack of physical and mental skills needed to operate a two-wheeled vehicle
- Engaging in high-risk behavior such as speeding, fast acceleration, lane weaving
The following motorcycle accident stats released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) clearly support the risk of riding a motorcycle vs driving or riding in a car:
Motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled in 2017
Motorcyclist fatalities in 2017 were 5,172; the fatality rate per 100,000 registered motorcycles was 59.34
In 2017, the injury rate per 100,000 registered motorcycles was 1,018; total number of injuries was 89,000
Even though motorcycles are fun to ride, the preceding statistics show that they most certainly have their dangers, especially when driven at high speed. Many motorcycle accidents that resulted in serious injuries or death could have been avoided if the driver took the necessary safety precautions to lessen the risk of having an accident or had greater “road awareness.”
The stats that matter the most
In order to improve motorcycle accident stats involving injury rates and fatality rates as well as the frequency at which they occur, it’s important to become familiar with some important precautions that should be taken to help keep you safe when riding.
Motorcycle safety begins with your protective gear. A proper helmet is the most important piece of your gear. Always wear a helmet. According to NHTSA estimates, wearing a helmet saved the lives of 1,872 motorcyclists in 2017. The percentage of motorcyclists that wore helmets in states with universal helmet laws was 97% in 2018 vs 60% in states without such laws. Wearing brighter colors makes you more visible to other drivers on the road.
Other tips to help keep you safe include:
- Making sure that your motorcycle is in good working order
- Avoid bad weather and distraction
- Don’t drive while intoxicated or on drugs
- Be aware of road conditions and of other drivers on the road with you
We understand that accidents happen
Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, motorcycle accidents can still happen. While it’s no surprise that motorcycle accident stats show that being intoxicated while operating a motorcycle puts you at a real risk for an accident, did you know that the time of day that you drive on the roads can also put you at risk for being in an accident that results in serious injuries and even death?
If you’ve recently been in an accident and want to pursue legal action, contact Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, Riverside motorcycle accident lawyer.