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7 Facts About Motorcycle Accidents

Facts About Motorcycle Accidents - If you are a biker, it is important that you understand some basic facts about motorcycle accidents in the United States. 

The fact is that even if you are not a biker, as a motorist, you need to also be aware of certain facts associated with motorcycle accidents. There are seven key facts about these accidents to bear in mind:

1. Death Rate Among Motorcycle Riders

There were 4,985 bikers killed on U.S. roadways in the last year that NHTSA has a complete set of statistical data. The total number of death in these motorcycle accidents does show a reduction in the overall rate of biker deaths. 

However, this reduction is not enough to make motorcyclists safer than they were previously. In fact, motorcyclists are still more likely to die on the road than those driving cars.

2. Ratio of Death Rates Among Different Types of Vehicle Users

Diving deeper into the death rate among bikers, a look at the ratio of death rates among different types of vehicle users is illustrative. Motorcycles make up 3 percent of all registered vehicles on U.S. roadways today, according to the NHTSA. With that duly noted, bikers account for nearly 14 percent of traffic fatalities – more than double

3. Motorcycles and Heightened Risk of Death

Another piece of related data is important to look at. Motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury than are passengers in automobiles, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

The obvious reason why motorcycle accidents are more severe than car accidents is because of the lack of protections that motorcycles have. Motorcycles have no safety protection except for a helmet, which many motorcyclists do not wear.

4. Primary Cause of Motorcycle and Automobile Collisions

There is one cause of motorcycle and automobile collisions that occurs more frequently than another. According to the NHTSA, 67 percent of these collisions occur because a motorcar driver violates the right of way of a biker.

5. Drunk Driving and Motorcycle Accidents

Approximately 33% of all motorcycle accidents involve drunk driving in some manner. These accidents include situations in which a biker is under the influence, and also accidents in which an automobile driver is impaired at the time of a collision with a biker. 

The fact is that these types of accidents are avoidable if people never operated a motor vehicle on public roadways.

6. Speeding and Motorcycle Accidents

Speeding is a common cause of accidents involving motorcycles. Of the most severe accidents involving motorcycles in the United States, speeding is involved in 32 percent of cases. This includes speeding drivers, bikers who speed, or both.

7. Busy Intersections and Motorcycle Accidents

The majority of motorcycle accidents occur at busy intersections. Research indicates that 40 percent of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections.


Motorcycle accidents are more common than most people realize. It is important to educate yourself on the risks involved with riding a motorcycle so that you can prevent an accident from happening to you or your loved ones in the future. 

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Source: thedoanlawfirm