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Motorcycle Accident Injury Statistics

Though grim, the reality is that motorcyclists are much more likely to die or become injured in a motorcycle accident than passenger vehicle occupants. Due to the nature of motorcycles, being less stable and less visible to other vehicles, drivers are more vulnerable and less protected out on the roads, with helmets often being their only protection. In 2017, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled.

Nationwide, motorcycle deaths accounted for 14% of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2018. The number of motorcyclists killed in crashes dropped to 4,985 in 2018 from 5,172 the year prior. In California, traffic fatalities decreased 8.3% from 3,884 in 2017 to 3,563 in 2018. 

The two major factors in motorcycle accidents are alcohol impared motorcyclists and speeding. In California in 2018, 42% of all drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes, who were tested, tested positive for legal and/ or illegal drugs. Moreover, in 2018 the rate of unlicensed fatally injured motorcycle drivers was higher than the rate of unlicensed fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers. 

Of the motorcyclists killed in 2018, 91% were males, with the vast majority being drivers. In contrast, 65% of the female motorcyclists who died in the same year were passengers.   

Motorcycle riders are more susceptible to serious bodily injuries than car accident victims because they do not have nearly as much protection. There were reportedly 89,000 injuries caused by motorcycle accidents in 2017.

As a result of being injured in a motorcycle accident, victims may have to deal with costly medical bills, loss of income, emotional and physical pain, and PTSD.

Some common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Harsh cuts
  • Back injury
  • Bruises
  • Internal bleeding
  • Road rash
  • Neck injury

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here To Help

If you have suffered injuries after a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensatory damages for:

Damages recovered in a personal injury claim can be separated into economic and non-economic. The former are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to and are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries. These can include medical bills, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity. The latter, for their part, are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. These include emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. 

If you are a victim of a motorcycle accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers have experienced personal injury attorneys that will work tirelessly to ensure that you are getting the maximum financial and medical compensation you deserve. 

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. No financial risks are associated with our services. Fees are not charged until we win your case. 

Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling  (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our caring and compassionate legal team.


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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