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Motorcycle Accidents

Advocates for Motorcycle Crash Victims

Motorcycle operators and passengers are not protected by the metal frame, seatbelts, air bags, and additional safety equipment that keep other motorists safe. Compared to other vehicles, motorcycle drivers/riders are 37 times more likely to die and 9 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.

CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

  • Speeding
    • Speeding is a factor in most motor vehicle accidents. For motorcycle operators, both low and high speeds can cause accidents.
    • At high speeds, the front end of a motorcycle may become unstable and begin to shake or “wobble,” increasing chances of an accident. High speeds also lower the amount reaction time drivers have.
    • 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.
  • 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 manufacture can easily cause an accident; this could be the basis for a product liability case.
  • Alcohol Use
    • Alcohol can blur the vision and inhibit the body’s natural balance system and reaction time. All of these are crucial to operating any motor vehicle.
    • Alcohol is cited as a factor in nearly half of all motorcycle accident fatalities.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

  • In 2007 there were 103,000 motorcyclists injured and another 5,154 killed in crashes
  • In 2008, there were 96,000 motorcyclists injured and another 5,290 killed in crashes
  • In 2008, 25% of the motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with fixed objects
  • In 2008, 2,554 (47%) of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle in transport
  • Three-quarters of these accidents involved motorcycles being hit in the front by another vehicle
  • In two-vehicle crashes, 77% of motorcycles involved were struck in the front

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