Motorcycle accidents have a tendency to result in serious injury. This is largely due to the relative absence of protection afforded a biker. Some common motorcycle injuries include the following:
It is a lot more likely for a motorcyclist to get into an accident than a person driving automobiles. This may be attributed to the relatively smaller size, minimal protection and exposure of motorcycles. Also due to the fact that it can often be harder to notice, motorcycles can become a magnet for accidents. Despite this, there are very many motorcycle owners. According to statistics from the US Department of Transportation, there were 8,410,255 motorcycles registered in the United States by private citizens and commercial organizations in 2011. The number of police reported crashes in 2011 was 5,338,000. This puts the average percentage of motorcycles that gets into crashes at 63%.The fatality rate in 2011 was reported as 54.87% by NHTSA. This increased to 58.63% in 2012. Over 4,950 motorcyclists were killed in 2012. This was a 7% increase from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2013, there were 4,668 deaths arising from approximately 106,000 motorcycle accidents. The same report states that in 2013, 93% of all motorcycles in fatal crashes were two wheeled motorcycles.
Motorcycle accidents occur due to a plethora of reasons. Ranging from recklessness to simple inattention, the causes of motorcycle accidents include the following:
The fatality rate of motorcycle accidents was pegged by the NHTSA at 58.63% in 2012. Specifically, 4,957 fatalities were recorded. This was a 7% increase from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011.
Compared to motorists, cyclists have smaller chance of surviving an accident. This is because motorcycles are open and vulnerable than closed vehicles. They are also less visible compared to cars on the road especially when there is a fog or when it is dark. The NHTSA’s 2012 report stated that per vehicle mile travelled, motorcyclists were more than 26% more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash.
The risk factors for individuals in motorcycle accidents include the following:
According to the NHTSA, 27% of riders who had fatal motorcycling accidents had a blood alcohol concentration of over 0.08 while operating a motorcycle. The highest incidence of crash fatalities for reasons of age and alcohol was recorded to be middle aged individuals between the ages of 40 and 44.
The NHTSA report also shows that the average age of cyclists (including motorcyclists) killed in traffic crashes was 45. A steady increase was recorded with 41 being the average age in 2006.
The majority of bikers killed or injured in 2015 with 85% of those who were killed are males.
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