FACTS ABOUT MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Even though motorcycles are slower than larger cars, they are much more vulnerable and unprotected from the environment and road hazards. Bikes are also mentally and physically taxing than vehicles.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are more shocking and devastating than vehicles. In this article, several studies and surveys gathered about motorcycle accidents.
- ¾ of motorcycle accidents are estimated to be involved collisions with another car, most often a passenger automobile.
- In single-vehicles, only about ¼ of motorcycle accidents are involved in the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.
- Vehicle failure accounts for less than 3% of motorcycle accidents, and most of those are single-vehicle accidents where control has taken due to a puncture flat.
- 2/3 of single-vehicle accidents resulted in rider error, typically a slide-out and fall due to over braking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.
- Some roadway defects, i.e., pavement ridges, potholes, etc. were not a big part of all motorcycle accidents.
- 2/3 of motorcycle accident happens when a vehicle blocks a biker’s right of way
- The biggest failure of a motorist is when they did not detect a motorcycle in traffic.
- It usually causes an accident when a bike heading straight and automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming vehicle
- Motorcycle accident frequent happens in intersections.
- Weather is not part of 98% of motorcycle accidents.
- Accidents occur during short trips
- Multiple vehicle accidents involved limited by glare or obstructed by other vehicles
- Fuel system leaks and spills were present in 62% of motorcycle accidents
- Speed is one of the reasons for motorcycle accident
- Not paying attention to the limits of peripheral vision, more than ¾ of all accident hazards are within 45 degrees of either side of straight ahead.
- The conspicuousness of the motorcycle is most critical for the frontal surfaces of the bike and rider.
- It is rare for vehicle defects related to an accident and likely to be due to deficient or defective maintenance.
- Most motorcycle accidents happen between 16 – 29 years old, although the majority of the crash involved 96% male.
- Most motorcycle accident involves craftsmen, laborers, and students motorcycle riders than professional workers
- Motorcycle riders with previous traffic citations and accident records are prone to accidents.
- Motorcycle riders without proper training are prone to accidents.
- The most common factor in a motorcycle accident is the lack of attention.
- Half of the fatal accident shows alcohol involvement.
- Less than 2 seconds in a typical motorcycle crash allows a rider to complete all collision avoidance action.
- Riders who carry a passenger are prone to accidents.
- Large displacement motorcycles are usually associated with higher injury severity when involved in accidents.
- Most riders without a license or revoked license were the most associated in motorcycle accidents
- Customized motorcycles, such as those associated with the semi-chopper or cafe racers, are very significantly over-represented in crashes.
- A motorcycle is prone to significant injuries than vehicles: Ankle-Foot, lower leg, knee, and thigh-upper leg injuries the most.
- It is sufficient to use heavy boots, jackets, gloves, etc., in preventing or reducing abrasions and lacerations.
- Unprotected eyes contributed to impairment of vision, which delayed hazard detection when riders used no eye protection.
- Only 40% of accident-involved motorcycle riders were wearing helmets.
- Chest and head injuries are the most deadly injuries in a motorcycle crash.
- The safety helmet prevents and reduces head injury. A full facial coverage helmet increases protection.
- Riders with helmets had fewer neck injuries than un-helmeted riders.
- Only 10% of riders involved in an accident had insurance to provide medical care or replace property.
CALL TO ACTION
If you know someone involved in an accident, hiring an accident attorney is necessary to help with their claims.