Understanding why motorcycle accidents occur

Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Occur?

Riding a motorcycle can be very dangerous. In 2013 alone, more than 4,600 motorcyclists and passengers lost their lives as a result of a motorcycle crash. This total did not include the more than 88,000 nonfatal injuries that were incurred as well.

Even though motorcyclists make up only 3-percent of the vehicle operators on the road, they account for 15-percent of all driver fatalities, and 18-percent of all passenger fatalities. In 2013, more than one-fourth of all motorcycle fatalities involved alcohol. It was determined that more than a third of those same motorcycle crashes were caused by speeding, as compared to only 22 percent of car accidents.

One fourth of motorcycle fatalities involved alcohol.

The majority of motorcycle collisions involving other vehicles are thought to be caused by them creating an obstruction to the motorcycle's right of way. Since motorcycles are not the primary mode of transportation on the road, a driver may not know what to expect in terms of a motorcycle's movements. They may not notice the motorcycle, due to either the biker riding in a driver's blind spot or because they become distracted.

Age is a contributing factor to motorcycle deaths.

In 2011, riders age 50 and older, a group commonly referred to as "re-entry riders," made up 35 percent of all motorcycle fatalities. These individuals, in many cases, might have first ridden their motorcycles in their 20s, but then didn't pick up riding again until their late 40s to 60s. In an era in which they are met with new powerful bikes, greater traffic, and less skill as a rider, they are susceptible to potential collisions.

Wear A Helmet

That being said, bikers can help themselves when riding a motorcycle by wearing a helmet. Helmets have been found to reduce motorcycle fatalities by 37 percent for riders and by 41 percent for passengers. Since more than 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in significant injury or death, wearing a helmet can greatly reduce the potential for sustaining physical trauma.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a motorcycle crash resulting in injury or death, a Maryland motorcycle accident attorney can provide advice and guidance in your legal matter.

Source: National Safety Council, "Motorcycle Safety is a Two-way Street," accessed March 03, 2017