There are nearly nine million motorcycles currently registered in the United States. People buy them to feel a thrill and to get the freedom that they bring. While they can be a lot of fun, they can also be very dangerous. Read on to learn some statistics about motorcycle accidents that may surprise you. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Motorcyclists Are Much More Likely to Be Killed or Injured Than a Car Driver
The Insurance Information Institute has compiled a wealth of data and found that a person on a motorcycle is five times more likely to be involved in an accident compared to a person in a car, and they are nearly 30 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident.
The reason is simple: A person on a motorcycle has much less protection than a person driving a car. Even at low speeds, even when protective gear such as helmets, long shirts, and full pants are worn, a person on a motorcycle is still at a much higher chance of danger.
Only Half of Motorcyclists Wear Helmets
Considering how little protect motorcyclists have, and how much evidence there is that wearing a helmet offers a wealth of protection, you would think that most riders would wear one. Unfortunately, only about half of motorcyclists consistently wear helmets. 40% of those who die in motorcycle accidents are not wearing a helmet. The best possible way a motorcyclist can prevent a head injury is by wearing a helmet.
The Older the Motorcyclist Is the More Likely They Are to Die in a Motorcycle Accident
While many may associate fatal motorcycle accidents as most likely the result of a young and inexperienced rider, statistics paint a different picture. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than half of the motorcyclists killed in accidents each year are at least 40 years old. This is likely due to the decline in vision and reaction time that riders experience as they get older.
Car Drivers Are More Often at Fault for Accidents Than Motorcyclists
In fact, about three out of every four accidents involving a collision between a motorcycle and a car are the fault of the motorist. Drivers often fail to see the motorcycle and will hit them when they are turning, changing lanes, or merging. As a result, it is up to car drivers to work much harder to be diligent about looking out for motorists.
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