If you are a biker, you need to understand some basic and essential 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 about certain facts associated with motorcycle accidents. Indeed, there are seven key facts about motorcycle accidents to bear in mind:
Death Rate Among Motorcycle Riders
There was a total of 4,985 bikers killed on U.S. roadways during the last year the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a complete set of statistical data. This total number of deaths does represent a reduction in the overall rate of biker deaths on the streets and highways of the United States. Even though this reduction is noted, the stark reality is that motorcyclists remain at a greater risk of being killed on the streets and highways of the U.S.A. than are other types of motorists.
Ratio of Death Rates Among Different Types of Vehicle Users
Diving a bit 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. With that duly noted, bikers account for nearly 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to the NHTSA.
Motorcycles and Heightened Risk of Death
Another related piece of data is important to bear in mind. Motorcyclists are an astounding 29 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury than are passengers in automobiles, according to the Insurance Information Institute. The obvious (albeit oftentimes overlooked) reason why this is the case is because motorcycles lack nearly all of the protections afforded to people in a passenger vehicle or a commercial truck. Indeed, the minimal protection available to a biker is a helmet, which many motorcyclists fail to use.
Primary Cause of Motorcycle and Automobile Collisions
There is one cause of motorcycle and automobile collisions that occur considerably more frequency than another. A full 67 percent of motorcycle and automobile collisions occur because a motorcar driver somehow violates the right of way of a biker, according to the NHTSA.
Drunk Driving and Motorcycle Accidents
Nearly 33 percent of all motorcycle accidents involve drunk driving in some manner. These accidents include situations in which a biker is under the influence. It also includes 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 of any type on public roadways.
Speeding and Motorcycle Accidents
Speeding is another common factor in accidents involving motorcycles. Of the most severe accidents involving motorcycles in the United States, speeding is involved in 32 percent of cases. This includes a speeding automobile driver, a speeding biker, or both.
Busy Intersections and Motorcycle Accidents
Finally, a majority of motorcycle accidents across the country occur at busy intersections. Research indicates that 40 percent of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections.
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