Motorcycle Accident Injury Statistics
Motorcyclists Accident Risks and Statistics
Motorcyclists are very likely to suffer serious injuries or die after getting into an accident. Due to the nature of motorcycles being less stable, protective, and visible on the road, they are often at risk of crashing into another vehicle or object. Furthermore, drivers tend to have a difficult time pinpointing motorcyclists on the road. About 41 percent of motorcycle crashes were caused by drivers who failed to see a motorcycle nearby.
In 2019, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted a nationwide study of fatal motorcycle accidents. They reported that 5,014 motorcyclists were involved in a fatal accident. Motorcyclist deaths accounted for 14 percent out of 22,416 fatal motor vehicle crashes.
The IIHS also incorporated additional information in regards to what causes these fatal motorcycle crashes along with the demographic of motorcyclist deaths.
- 29 percent of motorcyclists were found to have a BAC at or above 0.08 percent. 18 percent of motorcyclists had a BAC of or above 0.15 percent.
- 39 percent of motorcyclist deaths were a single-vehicle crash, while 61 percent were multiple-vehicle crashes.
- 37 percent of riders were around the age of 50 years old. 27 percent were up to 30 years old.
- 60 percent of passengers who were killed in a motorcycle crash were females.
- About 61 percent of motorcyclists were wearing a helmet, while 36 percent were not.
- 63 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents occurred from May through September.
- Fatalities were at an all-time high in August. They were at the lowest in January.
- 42 percent of motorcyclist deaths occurred from 6pm to midnight.
- 54 percent of fatalities took place on non-interstate major roads.
- 61 percent of motorcyclist deaths happened in urban areas, while 38 percent were in rural areas.
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
- Internal bleeding
- Road rash
- Neck injury
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages 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.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a motorcycle accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced personal injury attorneys who are committed to helping you get the compensation you deserve for losses you have suffered, which includes medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. No fees will be charged until we win your case. Contact us today by calling (213) 927-3700 or email us at [email protected] to speak to our knowledgeable, friendly, and compassionate legal team.