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Motorcycle Accidents


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), per vehicle mile traveled in 2014, motorcyclist fatalities occurred nearly 27 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes. Motorcyclists were also five times more likely to be injured in a crash. Several factors can cause motorcycle accidents, from speeding and objects in the roadway to mechanical issues and alcohol use.

When a motorcyclist is involved in a motor vehicle accident, the results are often catastrophic and in some cases deadly. Motorists in cars sustain serious and life-threatening injuries in crashes every day. Motorcyclists do not have the benefit of airbags or other safety features that passenger vehicle motorists have. When a person on a motorcycle is struck by a car, severe injuries usually follow.

Common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:

  • Head injuries (traumatic brain injuries)
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord and back injuries
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Road rash (skin abrasion due to direct contact with roadway)
  • Eye injuries
  • Death


  • Speeding
    • Motorists traveling at high speeds can mistake how fast a motorcyclist is traveling, which can result in a severe rear-end accident.
    • Slow driving, or not keeping up with the flow of traffic, is another cause of motorcycle crashes.
  • Objects/items in the roadway
    • Hazards that may be minor irritations for an automobile can be major threats for motorcyclists. Potholes, uneven pavement, debris or objects in the road (like tire treads, things fallen from trucks, branches, or rocks) can quickly cause an accident.
    • Objects in the road can cause the motorcyclist to swerve to avoid a crash or the object itself can hit and seriously injure or kill the rider.
    • When commercial motor vehicles, such as semi-trucks, fail to properly secure their load, objects can fall onto the roadways. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to items in the road when traveling at high speeds.
  • Motorists not seeing the motorcycle
    • Because motorcycles are smaller and more easily hidden by objects on or off the road, other vehicles are less likely to see them.
    • Many automobile drivers claim they “never saw” the motorcycle before a collision.
  • Mechanical issues
    • A defect in a motorcycle’s design or manufacturing can easily cause an accident; this could be the basis for a product liability case.


The following information regarding motorcycle accidents is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015 — an increase of eight percent from 2014.
  • Motorcyclists injured in crashes decreased in 2015, with an estimated 88,000 sustaining injuries in motor vehicle wrecks compared to 92,000 in 2014.
  • Although motorcycles accounted for a mere three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2014, motorcyclist fatalities accounted for 14 percent of all traffic crash deaths.
  • In 2015, one-third of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
  • Florida lead the nation in motorcyclist fatalities (616) followed by California (462) and Texas (443).


If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced motorcycle injury lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to hear your claim. We can visit you wherever you reside, whether it be at your home, workplace, or at the hospital. Call us today for a free case review.


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