4 Motorcycle Accident Statistics You Need To Know

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Motorcycle on its side in the street Motorcycle accidents happen at an alarming rate. They can occur regardless of the weather, time of day, or location. Motorcycle accidents take place even if the rider is safe and cautious. Yet these tragic crashes are often misunderstood. New statistics may help clear things up.

1. Motorcyclists Account for a High Number of Traffic Fatalities

Heading out on the open road can be exhilarating. However, it can also be very dangerous. 

Unfortunately, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of traffic fatalities in 2019, even though they make up just 3% of all registered vehicles in the United States. They also accounted for a disproportionate number of injuries. This is due in part to their exposure while riding.

2. Helmet Use Can Save Lives

Motorcycle helmets greatly reduce the risk of head injury and death. 37.14% of motorcyclists who died as a result of traffic accidents in 2019 were unhelmeted, according to the NSC.

In New York, all riders are required to wear helmets that meet federal safety standards. However, if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of your crash, you may still be eligible for compensation. It is important to work with an experienced attorney who can argue your case.

3. Weather Conditions Are Not as Significant as You Might Think

It can be tempting to blame slick or icy streets for motorcycle crashes. However, 88.93% of motorcycle fatalities in 2019 happened during clear or cloudy conditions. Only 1.99% occurred during rain, while 0.36% took place amidst foggy weather. Instead, other factors are at play. These factors can include dangerous and negligent behavior on the part of other drivers.

4. Motorcyclists Are Not Always At Fault

There is still an anti-motorcycle bias in society. However, the failure of motorists to detect motorcycles in traffic is a leading cause of all motorcycle accidents. A common scenario involves drivers who fail to recognize and yield to motorcyclists when making a left turn.

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Reid B. Wissner is proud to help motorcycle accident victims and their families obtain justice and compensation. Our skilled personal injury lawyer stands up to big insurance companies.

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