According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles, based on 2014 fatal crash data.” The organization urges drivers to be mindful that they’re sharing the road, and that goes for both motorcyclists and drivers of other types of automobiles. Being mindful means being visible as motorcyclists, wearing DOT-compliant helmets, and choosing not to drive under the influence of any type of drug or alcohol. This is especially important as nearly half of all motorcycle deaths that occured in 2014 involved single-vehicle crashes in which the motorcycle rider was impaired by alcohol.
When Other Drivers Are at Fault
Another study showed that two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle occur because the driver failed to honor the motorcycle’s right of way. This usually happens in intersections; however, speeding doesn’t always play a role. The same study stated that speed was on average just 29.8 miles per hour — in which case the motorcyclist has less than two seconds to avoid a collision. The failure of other drivers to see and recognize motorcycles in traffic is also a very common cause of motorcycle accidents.
It suffices to say that most motorcycle accidents result in injury; 96% in fact. Of those injuries, 45% are deemed serious.