Motorcycle Accident Trends
Recent statistics regarding motorcycle accidents are both alarming and sobering. Although the number of fatalities resulting from motor vehicle accidents has declined somewhat, fatalities of motorcyclists has increased. In addition, statistically most motorcycle fatalities involve those between the ages of 20 and 29. Below are some of recent trends in motorcycle accidents:
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• With the high gasoline prices, more and more people are riding motorcycles, scooters and mopeds as their means of transportation.
• Since 2001, the number of motorcycle sales has increased by 30%.
• With the increase in motorcycle sales, there has been a 50% increase in deaths involving motorcycles.
• Motorcycle drivers are approximately 35 times more likely to die in an accident than those in cars. This is especially true during a motorcyclist’s first year of owning and riding a motorcycle due to lack of experience.
• Road conditions such as road debris, pot holes and puddles continue to be the main causes of motorcycle accidents. However, unsafe riding practices, such as weaving in and out of traffic, driving too close to others on the road and failure to protective gear and clothing have also become some of the top causes of motorcycle accidents.
• Although wearing a motorcycle helmet is the safest way to prevent or reduce the severity of brain related injuries from a motorcycle accident, very few riders choose to wear helmets. In fact, less than 50% of motorcyclists wear a helmet while driving, even if they actually own a helmet.
With more and more motorcycles on the road today to help deflect the impact of the rising cost of gas, the number of serious injuries will continue to increase as a result of motorcycle accidents. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can obtain the best compensation package to meet your current and future needs.