Motorcycle Accidents Can Be Deadly

Motorcycle Accidents Can Be Deadly

Motorcycle Accidents: Person's arm laying on road.
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Wind in your hair.

Visions of yourself driving down a country road with the wind in your hair on a motorcycle is an attractive one for many of you. That’s one reason, that the number of motorcycles on America’s highways is growing. Although motorcycles share the road with cars and trucks, motorcycle accidents are different and often more serious than automobile accidents.

Motorcycles are Collision Prone

Motorcycles on average, are involved in more accidents than other vehicles. In addition to all of the usual things that cause accidents. Such as speeding, bad weather, driving under the influence, motorcyclists like you face certain other hazards.

Motorcycles are smaller than cars and trucks and make you and your bike harder to see. In over half of the motorcycle accidents studied, the drivers of cars involved in an accident with a motorcycle said that they did not see you the motorcyclist coming. The smaller size of a motorcycle also makes it more vulnerable to road hazards that cause accidents, potholes for example. Because motorcycles are more maneuverable than cars, they are sometimes similarly put into unsafe positions that could cause you to have an accident.

37 times more likely to die in a collision

You as a rider are also much more likely to be injured or killed in an accident than someone riding in a car or truck. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), You are 37 times more likely to die in a collision than someone riding in a car. Motorcycle riders like yourself also are far more likely to suffer serious injuries in an accident.

Motorcycle Accidents: logo of the NHTSA


Head Injury from Motorcycle Accidents

A common kind of serious personal injury associated with motorcycle accidents is a head injury. Because you are often thrown off the bike in a collision,  traumatic brain injuries are common. In fact, it’s 10 times more common in a motorcycle accident than in other vehicle accidents. Studies have shown that the best way to prevent these serious injuries caused is the most obvious one.  WEAR A HELMET! Heavy riding boots, gloves, vests, and long pants can also protect you if you do have an accident.


Take Extra Care on a Motorcycle

Because of the added danger a motorcycle presents, motorcyclists need to take extra care when driving. You should drive safely, keenly aware, and you should wear the appropriate protective gear. Also, you need to understand the special problems that your motorcycle presents for other drivers and drive very defensively. However, motorcycle safety is a two-way street. Drivers of other vehicles need to also drive aware and should keep a careful eye and ear out for motorcycles. Although motorcycles are more maneuverable than other vehicles, you still have the same right to use the road like cars do, and this right should be respected. Other vehicles should give you and your bike a wide berth–an accident such as a small tap with the bumper likely will not hurt an SUV, but it can be fatal to you, a motorcyclist.

If everyone obeys these simple rules, we can make riding motorcycles less dangerous and more like the open-road ideal we dream of it being.

What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents will happen despite our best efforts. In the event you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to know what to do. The following is a small checklist of what you should do if you are in a motorcycle accident:

  • Call the police and an ambulance, if necessary, if you can.
  • Get the name, address, and insurance information of the parties involved and any witnesses, you may need them to testify.
  • Try to make sure you write down the make, model, year, and license number of all the vehicles involved.
  • Take pictures of the damage to your motorcycle before it is repaired.
  • Don’t make any statement about your motorcycle accident to anyone but the police.
  • Never apologize or admit you are at fault.
  • Finally, do not ever argue with the other driver.

Motorcycle Statistics Alarming

According to statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011, motorcycle accident fatalities in single-vehicle crashes accounted for over half (54 percent) of the fatalities from all fatal motorcycle crashes. These motorcycle accident statistics are based on 2011 data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a census of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.

83,000 motorcyclists died between 1994 and 2015.

The statistics go on to show more than 83,000 motorcyclists died in single-vehicle motorcycle crashes between 1994 and 2015. Motorcyclist fatalities in single-vehicle crashes decreased each year from 1990 to 1996, reaching a low of 937 in 1996 and again in 1997. However, in 1999 to 2006 the fatalities in single-vehicle motorcycle crashes increased from 2,483 in 1999 to 4,837  in 2006. The overall increase in motorcyclist fatalities from single vehicle crashes from 1999 to 2006 was 2,354 practically doubling the total fatalities. While the number of fatalities didn’t jump significantly over the next nine years they have still averaged 4,819 each year.

NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) motorcycle accident statistics show that motorcycle accident fatalities increased for the fourth year in a row following years of steady improvement. With 5,312 killed in 2008, it was the highest number of motorcycle accident fatalities since statistics have been kept. Motorcycles in fatal crashes in 2015 had the highest proportion of collisions with fixed objects (25.3 percent).

For the first time since 1997, younger motorcyclists, that is, riders under the age of 40, posted the highest percentage increases in motorcycle accident fatalities.

Suicide or safe side

Motorcycle Accidents: Poster asks about your motorcycle safety habits.

Some Motorcycle Accident Resources for you.

NHTSA Motorcycle Safety

National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety

Motorcyclist Attitudes

Rider Education & Training


Crash Avoidance Skills

Motorcyclist Alcohol & Other Impairment

Personal Protective Equipment

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