Motorcycles are used for the thrill and the unparalleled feeling of freedom. However, with that great comfort comes great risk and dangers of the open road. With little to no protection from impact, motorcyclists are in great danger, especially after getting involved in an accident.
Here are 7 shocking motorcycle accident statistics that you should know before going out for a ride.
High Fatality Rate
Did you know that motorcyclists have a 5 times bigger chance to die than any other car drivers? According to the statistics, the fatality rate for motorcyclists is 5 to 1 compared to car drivers (for the same number of accidents). This number only shows how often motorcyclists die as a result of a collision on the road.
Helmets are Overrated?
Do you know that there are many motorcyclists who do not wear their helmets? Approximately 50 percent of all motorcyclists do not wear helmets, and 40 percent of all motorcyclists killed in accidents were not wearing a protective helmet at the time of the crash.
Wearing a helmet is the greatest way of reducing the risk to die for a motorcyclist, and the only protection a motorcyclist has.
The Older You Get…
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, older motorcyclists account for over 50 percent of all motorcycle accidents. Not only that, but they also account for more than half of all fatalities. These motorcyclists were at least 40 years old.
If you are thinking about buying a motorcycle, or have been involved in an accident recently, consult with motorcycle accident lawyers in Philadelphia today and learn how you can secure a substantial compensation.
Usually A Victim
In 75 percent of cases of motorcycle accidents, motorists are at fault. That is because they fail to spot an approaching motorcycle, see them turn or switch/change lanes, move through an intersection or merge. Most motorists simply have too many blind spots, and many motorcyclists find themselves exactly in these blind spots.
$16 Billion Industry
Motorcycle accidents, according to the Government Accounting Office (GAO), cost the country around $16 billion every year. These are complete costs of medical bills, compensations, rehabilitation, mental health counselling, and surgeries.
In 2017, 91 percent of riders killed on the roads were males. Could this mean that female riders ride more safely, or that the general population of motorcyclists are males? Perhaps it could be both?
High Alcohol Concentration
Did you know that in 2018, among fatally injured motorcycle drivers, almost 26 percent of them had above 0.08 percent of alcohol in their blood?
Many motorcyclists enjoy drinking and will have a beer or two every once in a while. The crucial part is sitting on the motorcycle after those few bears, and that is usually their biggest mistake.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a motorcycle, call Dan Doyle Law Group and schedule your consultation with available motorcycle accident attorneys in Philadelphia. They will evaluate your case, and help you file a claim in order to secure and obtain compensation for your injuries. Give them a call today.