Motorcycles are among the most misunderstood vehicles on the road. These misunderstandings can sometimes lead to dangerous situations. Learning more about motorcycles may help drivers practice better road safety, whether on the back of a bike or behind the wheel of a car.
Motorcycle collision numbers
Though motorcycles only account for 3% of vehicles on the road, they account for 14% of annual traffic deaths. These related numbers may help motorcyclists stay safe:
- Helmets reduce the risk of death by nearly 50%. The use of a helmet could have saved 749 lives last year. It is worth noting that states with mandatory helmet laws record over 95% helmet use.
- Collision with stationary objects caused 25% of motorcycle deaths in 2018.
- 75% of motorcycle collisions involve other vehicles. About 67% of these accidents happen when a car ignores a motorcycle’s right of way. These statistics imply a majority of the fault lies with other drivers in a motorcycle accident.
- In 32% of all motorcycle deaths, speeding was a factor. It is impossible to tell if a reduced speed could have saved lives, but the statistic is worth noting.
- 92% of bikers in crashes learned to drive a motorcycle by themselves or with assistance from a family member. These statistics underline the importance of motorcycle safety courses.
Making roads a little safer
Road safety experts recommend that cyclists adhere to all safety laws and recommendations in their state. Bikers may also want to wear reflective gear to increase visibility. For protection, helmets reportedly saved over 1,800 lives in 2017 and prevented over $17 billion in damages.
Car and truck drivers can do more by exercising greater motorcycle awareness on the road. Many drivers may be ignorant of just how vulnerable motorcyclists can be. Understanding the facts may help drivers take more care when sharing the road with riders.
Protection on the road and in the courts
Families impacted by a motorcycle collision may find relief with the services of a lawyer. Dealing with hospitalization or death can be very stressful, and a lawyer may help alleviate that stress by taking point on the logistics.