If you ask our motorcycle accidents attorneys, crashes are more dangerous than you might realize when you are outside of a car rather than inside of one. In fact, motorcycle accident statistics are downright scary when you factor in the amount of serious injuries and wrongful deaths that happen as a result every year. Here are some statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- In 2007, 103,000 U.S. citizens had motorcycle injuries.
- Over 50 percent of all motorcycle crashes were attributed to collisions with another vehicle.
- Speeding was a factor in 36 percent of motorcycle accidents.
- The number of registered motorcycles increased by more than 75 percent in the last 10 years.
- California has over 1.1 million licensed motorcyclists.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- In 2007, 5,100 people died in motorcycle accidents.
- More fatal motorcycle accidents happened in California, Florida and Texas than any other state. At least 490 people died in motorcycle accidents in California.
- Almost half of everyone killed were older than 40.
- Drinking was involved in 27 percent of fatal crashes.
- Motorcycle helmets are 67 percent effective at preventing brain injuries.
- Only 58 percent of motorcyclists wear a helmets.
- Helmets still save over 1,400 lives each year.