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Fatal Single Vehicle And Motorcycle Crashes

According to the NHTSA, more than 38,000 people die each year in motorcycle related accidents. Some of these accidents are results of a single vehicle accident. In the same study, NHTSA found certain trends that contributed to these accidents:

  • Most motorcycle riders involved in a fatal single vehicle/motorcycle accident were over the age of 40.
  • The majority of the fatalities occur on a rural road, and victims’ with high blood alcohol levels are a major problem.
  • Failing to turn on a curve correctly causes up to half of all single vehicle/ motorcycle accident fatalities.
  • Speeding is contributor of ⅔ of all single vehicle/motorcycle fatalities, and up to 60% of the fatalities occur during nighttime hours.
  • Close to 25% of single vehicle/motorcycle accidents occur over braking and maneuvering issues.
  • Wearing a helmet reduces fatalities by up to 50%.
  • Close to a third of all fatally injured motorcyclists do not possess the required operator licensing.
  • 90% of all fatalities are typically the operators of a motorcycle, and not the passenger. Most of the motorcycles operators are male.

Motorcyclists only account for less than 2% of all registered motor vehicles in the United States, yet motorcycle accidents account for over 5% of all accidents annually. Fatality rates among motorcyclists are three times higher than drivers in a passenger vehicle, and motorcyclists are 18 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries when compared to passengers in a passenger vehicle.

If you’ve been a victim of a single motorcycle accident, there’s a possibility that you were a victim of government or business negligence. Construction debris, improper sign placement, broken stop lights, and hazardous roads have been linked back to several single vehicle motorcycle accidents. If you’ve been a victim, it’s imperative to seek legal representation. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will assist you not only through the legal process, but will fight to help recover the maximum amount in damages.

Source: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809-360.pdf