Motorcycle Accidents Statistics Prove the Dangers are Real; Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers Help Victims of Bike Crashes Throughout the US
When it comes to motorcycle injury and fatality statistics, there is good news and bad news. Different from eight years ago when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that motorcycle deaths increased from five percent of all vehicle traffic crash fatalities in 1997 to 10.5 percent in 2007, current statistics seem a bit more positive.
- In 2013, 4,668 people died in motorcycle crashes, down 6.4 percent from 4,986 in 2012, according to an NHTSA report.
- Further, instances of motorcycle injuries sustained in crashes were down in 2013; 88,000 motorcyclists were injured, down 5.4 percent from 93,000 in 2012.
However, with 8.5 million motorcycles on the road in 2012, the dangers associated with bike riding remain very real – and sobering, In fact, motorcyclists were about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled in 2012 and five times more likely to be injured, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
At Proner & Proner, we are motorcycle accident attorneys who represent riders injured in crashes nationwide. Our far reach means we are knowledgeable about all types of motorcycle accidents and can provide skilled representation for victims and their families across the country. We have handled cases for riders suffering from all types of motorcycle injuries and fatalities.
Motorcycle Crashes on the Rise for Older Riders and Larger Bikes
Motorcycles have been increasing in popularity and today there are more than eight million bikes registered in the United States. The relatively low initial cost of a motorcycle as compared to a car, its use as a recreation or hobby, and better fuel efficiency are all factors that contribute to this growth.
This form of transportation – for some, a way of life – is not without risk. While motorcycles represent about 3 percent of all registered vehicles, fatalities involving motorcycles are approximately 11 percent of all U.S. highway fatalities each year. Approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death; while car and truck crashes result in a fatality in about 20 percent of crashes.
While the data regarding the crash statistics ebbs and flows from year to year, there is an overall 10-year upward trend showing that motorcycle crashes for every age group have been increasing. The largest increases were for riders over the age of 40 and involving bikes with greater engine power.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Safety Fact Sheet on motorcycle crashes:
- In 2012, there were 4,957 motorcyclist fatalities in the United States, accounting for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year. Plus, another 93,000 bikers were hurt in crashes
- There were more than twice as many motorcycle rider fatalities during weekends than during weekdays
- Approximately half of all fatal single-vehicle motorcycle crashes involve alcohol
- On average, 25 percent of motorcycle operators killed in traffic crashes are not licensed or are improperly licensed to operate a motorcycle
- Motorcyclists are about 27 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and six times as likely to be injured
- Intersections can be especially dangerous: approximately 50 percent of motorcycle-vehicle collisions occur at an intersection
These numbers may be upsetting, but knowledge is power. At Proner & Proner, we know the facts about motorcycle accidents. Our team of committed motorcycle accident attorneys can assist you throughout your case by providing sound legal counsel and aggressive, thorough representation. Motorcycle accidents bring into play specific insurance and state laws and regulations. We regularly mediate between motorcycle accident victims and large, powerful insurance companies. We will attempt to prove liability and will make sure you receive proper medical care. Proner & Proner will help you fight for full compensation.
Rely on our Experienced Motorcycle Injury Lawyers to Help You After a Crash
Motorcycle injury lawyer Mitchell Proner knows from his own experience as a motorcyclist how devastating the aftermath of an accident can be. He was injured in a crash himself and understands what injured riders can go through after a collision. This history has helped him become one of the nation’s preeminent motorcycle accident lawyers and driven him to collect millions of dollars for injured motorcyclists and their families. Contact his motorcycle accident law firm today to learn more about how his experience can help you after a collision.
At Proner & Proner, we know that if you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident you want answers. Our motorcycle injury law firm is renowned throughout the United States for successfully handling even the most complex motorcycle accident cases. We provide nationwide representation for all types of motorcycle accidents.