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7 Things You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents
Riding a motorcycle is fun, attractive, and spiked with high adrenaline. Especially in the late spring and summer days, riding a two-wheel speed machine is an urge many find hard to resist. As anything, when enjoyed responsibly, the motorcycle can be a hobby you can enjoy for many years. But unfortunately, the statistics show the opposite side of this phenomenon, as the number of fatal motorcycle accidents constantly rises each year.
Even though the perils of this activity are obvious, this doesn’t seem to affect the constant number of riders that show no respect for safety regulations. First of all, riding a two-wheel vehicle is by itself dangerous, as such vehicles can never be stable and safe as four-wheel cars. By default, motorcycle riders are fully exposed to falls that result in a rider directly hitting the road at a high velocity, protected only by a helmet (hopefully) and maybe a motorcycle jacket.
When those risk factors are combined with extreme speed, alcohol, recklessness, and nighttime or other weather conditions (rain, slippery roads), the accidents are only waiting to happen.
You should, therefore, always endeavor to ride as safely as possible to prevent tragic outcomes. Hopefully, this article will help raise awareness of the dangers of motorcycling and provide guidance on how to protect your rights when such an accident is survived.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Here we will lay down the most relevant motorcycle accident statistics from the National Highway Transport Safety Administration for the year 2019, that are based on the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and non-fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes from the National Automotive Sampling System, General Estimates System, and Crash Report Sampling System.
We hope that the statistics laid down below will help you to better understand how and when the accidents occur, and what causes them the most. This way, you can better adapt your driving and avoid the key risk factors.
There were 5,014 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities and 17% of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities. Of the 5,014 motorcyclists killed in traffic, 94% were riders and 6% were passengers. When compared with the year 2018, there was an increase of 2% in injuries, rising from 82,000 (2018) to 84,000 (2019). Regarding the most frequent locations of the accidents, 61 % of the motorcycle fatalities occurred in urban areas, while 39% occurred in rural areas. Out of the total number of fatalities, 66% occurred at locations that were not intersections compared to 34% at intersections.
The weather conditions are also a large indicator of the occurrence of accidents: 97% occurred in clear/cloudy conditions, 2% in rain conditions, and only 1% in snow/sleet, fog, or other conditions. Furthermore, 57% occurred during daylight and 38% percent in the dark.
As motorcycles are known to be high-speed vehicles, speed is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. NHTSA considers a crash to be speeding-related if the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense. 33% of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2019 were speeding.
Also, it is interesting to compare the age factor against the speed factor, as the contributors to the occurrence of accidents. The statistical data shows that motorcycle riders aged 21-to-24 years old involved in fatal crashes had the highest speeding involvement at 49 percent.
Finally, one of the most common risk factors is driving under the influence of alcohol. In 2019, 29% of riders were alcohol-impaired, and 7% of riders killed had lower alcohol levels. Motorcycle riders involved (killed or survived) in fatal crashes in 2019 had higher percentages of alcohol impairment than any other type of motor vehicle driver (29% for motorcycle riders, 20% for passenger car drivers, 19% for light-truck drivers, and 2% for large truck drivers).