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.