Fatal motorcycle accidents claim the lives of motorcycle riders every year in the United States. Motorcycle riders are more at risk to fatal motorcycle accidents than car drivers as motorcycles lack the size and safety features that automobiles do. Just wearing your helmet on a motorcycle does not necessarily prevent wrongful death in a fatal motorcycle accident.
As motorcycle accident attorneys, we stress the importance of exercising safety first for all motorcycle riders. The following motorcycle accident statistics are not meant to deter people from riding a motorcycle, rather their purpose is to inform motorcycle riders of all of the dangers of fatal motorcycle accidents.
The statistics are impossible to ignore:
- According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2007, 5,154 people died in fatal motorcycle accidents, the highest level since NHTSA began collecting data in 1975. The 2007 figure represents a 6.6 percent from 4,837 the previous year.
- Wrongful deaths in fatal motorcycle accidents have increased every year for the past 10 years.
- 123,000 motorcycles were involved in motorcycle crashes in 2007, including property damage-only crashes, according to latest data from the NHTSA.
- Motorcyclists were 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a fatal motorcycle accident per automobile mile traveled in 2006 and eight times more likely to be injured, according to NHTSA.
- The fatality rate per registered vehicle for motorcyclists in 2007 was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants, according to NHTSA.
Fatal motorcycle accident statistics can be damning, hiring an experienced motorcycle accident attorney will greatly improve a loved ones chances for a maximum settlement in a fatal motorcycle accident case.
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