Facts About Motorcycle Accidents You Need To Know
Motorcycle accidents, although not more common than other vehicle accidents, can be more devastating. Unlike cars or trucks, motorcycles provide limited protection to the driver from elements on the road. This makes them susceptible to serious injuries or physical trauma. Motorcycle accidents are associated with huge expenses. Here are some facts about motorcycle accidents that you need to know.
- Approximately ¾ of motorcycle accidents involve collision with another vehicle, most often a passenger vehicle.
- Only about ¼ of motorcycle accidents are single vehicle collisions with the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.
- Helmets are 37 percent effective in reducing motorcycle related deaths and 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. Despite of this fact, only 19 states and the District of Columbia require the use of helmet by riders.
- In 2013, 49% of motorcycle rider deaths in single crashes were attributed to alcohol impairment.
- The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle in the collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle prior to the collision or did not see the motorcycle until it was too late to avoid crashing.
- In 98% of motorcycle accidents, weather was not a factor in the accident.
- In accidents involving multiple vehicles, 2/3 of accidents were caused by the other vehicle not yielding to the motorcycle’s right of way.
Motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause serious or life-threatening injuries and that the rider would end up dealing with the consequences of the accident for the rest of their lives.
It is then up to the injured person to prove that there was negligence on the part of the other driver which caused them to be injured.