The country saw an overall drop in motorcycle fatalities across 2017. Despite the fact that fewer motorcyclists are dying on U.S. roads, an increasing portion of those fatally injured drivers are older ones. The national age of someone involved in a fatal motorcycle accident was 30 years old in 1992, but in 2017, that age has been pushed to 44 years old.
That is the result of data released by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, indicating that those riders over age 40 now make up the greatest share of motorcycle fatalities in the United States.
Some of the good news that came about from that report is that between 2016 and 2017, motorcycle deaths across all ages dropped by 5.6%. Some believe that the weather may have something to do with it. With a long hard winter in certain states, there may be fewer motorcyclists out on the road to begin with. There are multiple factors that could increase a person’s chances of being involved in a fatal motorcycle accident, including drugs, distraction, and alcohol.
In 2016, one-quarter of motorcycle drivers involved in fatal accidents had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit and this was higher than with other vehicles included in the study. If you have recently been involved in an accident with a motorcyclist who you believe to have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you need to schedule a consultation with an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer.