A motorcycle accident may be less common than a passenger car accident, but they are far more devastating. The chances of sustaining an injury while driving a motorcycle are much higher than while driving a car. Furthermore, the chances of dying also increase. There are a few statistics that you may want to take into account before deciding to buy a motorcycle. There have been some studies that have shed light on how unsafe a motorcycle is.
What Causes a Motorcycle Accident?
Many people have the opinion that driver error is the cause of most motorcycle accidents. However, this isn’t the case.
- 75% of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, most often a passenger automobile.
- In multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the passenger car violates the right of the motorcycle in 66% of cases. In the majority of these cases, the driver of the car does not see the motorcycle at all or until it is too late to avoid a collision.
- Only 25% of all motorcycle accidents involve a single vehicle striking an object in the environment.
- About 66% of all single vehicle accidents involve operator error. These errors include traveling at a high rate of speed, over breaking, or taking a turn too wide.
- Vehicle failure such as a puncture flat account for only 3% of all motorcycle accidents.
- Roadway defects like potholes account for 2% of accidents involving motorcycles, while animals account for only 1%.
As you can tell from these statistics, a motorcycle accident is rarely the driver’s fault. In more cases than not the other driver is the one that causes the accident. Motorcycles are difficult to see, especially at night. For this reason, many motorcyclists put their lives in danger every time they go out for a ride.
Motorcycle Accident Demographics
There are certain groups that are more likely to be involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle. Factors like age and experience play a huge role in these types of accidents.
- More than two-thirds of all accidents involving a motorcycle involve a driver that is under the age of 24. Drivers over the age of 24 are under-represented in the statistics.
- 92% of accidents involve motorcycle drivers that have no professional training. Most of these drivers learn everything they know from family member or friends.
- More than half of all motorcycle accidents involve drivers with less than five months of experience.
- Craftsmen, students, and laborers account for the majority of motorcycle accidents.
As you can see inexperience is one of the biggest factors in accidents. Just like with most things in life the more experience you have, the better you are.
There are some other statistics of interest from recent studies of accidents.
- Many motorcycle riders lack avoidance techniques. They often over-brake and over-steer. The ability to counter-steer and avoid a collision is almost always completely absent.
- A typical motorcycle accident gives the rider less than two seconds to avoid the collision.
- Motorcycles with windshields and fairings are easier to see and therefore are less likely to get into an accident.
Motorcycle Accident Fatalities
Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a fatal accident than someone that drives a passenger automobile. While motorcycles only account for about 2% of the vehicles on the road, they account for 14% of the fatalities. When you drive a motorcycle, you are often taking an enormous risk. If you do decide to ride a motorcycle anyway, you may want to prepare for the almost inevitable accident. Wearing all of the available safety equipment is an excellent place to start.
After an Accident
Many motorcyclists don’t wear protective equipment. In Rhode Island, only passengers, those with less than a year experience, and driver’s under the age of 21 must wear a helmet. Also, many drivers do not wear protective clothing made of tough material and padding. All of these factors usually add to the possibility of a serious injury after an accident. Also, many states do not require a driver to carry insurance for their motorcycle. Rhode Island does, however, require you to have motorcycle insurance.
If you are in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. An attorney can help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. David Morowitz has years of experience representing those that have been involved in motorcycle accidents. He will aggressively represent you and help make sure that you don’t have to pay the mountain of medical bills that is sure to pile up. Contact The Law Office of David Morowitz today to find out whether or not you have a case.