Examining motorcycle accident data is the best approach to having a better understanding of motorbikes and the accidents that affect those who ride them or in accidents caused by them. Accident statistics include information on common causes of accidents and preventative measures you may take, like wearing a motorbike helmet, to lower your chance of a collision and lessen the severity of your injuries in the event of one.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at the trend of motorcycle accidents in the last few years leading up to 2022.
Recent Developments – Motorcycle Accidents in 2022
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (commonly known as the NHTSA) reports that fatal traffic collisions still involve an excessive number of motorcycle riders. 5,014 motorcycle riders lost their lives in 2019, and 29% of these fatalities involved alcohol. We are encouraging motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always ride sober in order to keep everyone safe. It is also crucial to share the road and be vigilant. Motorcycle helmet use that complied with DOT regulations dropped from 69% in 2020 to 64.9% in 2021.
The following statistics further prove how dangerous motorcycle accidents can be for both riders and those involved in collisions with riders:
- In the US, 8.6 million motorcycles were registered in 2021. Motorcycles makeup just 3% of all vehicles on US roadways and only account for 0.6% of all vehicle kilometres. Actually, the number of motorcyclists on the road has increased more quickly than that of other light vehicles. This number was significantly lower than in 2020, probably as a result of the Covid epidemic and its impact on worldwide car registrations, but it is still double the number of motorcycles on the road in 2002 when there were 4.3 million of them.
- On US roadways, 5,000 motorcycle riders are killed annually. Motorcycle riders make up 14% of fatalities in traffic accidents. Despite doubling the number of motorcyclists on the road since 2003, the fatality rate has only grown by 34%. This is probably due to improving motorcycle safety features, such as ABS, and helmet technology advancements. Bike awareness programs may also have had an impact.
- 26 motorbike fatalities occur for every 100 million miles driven by vehicles. When determining the chance of an accident and accounting for the difference in-vehicle use, fatalities per 100 million miles take into account the fact that automobile owners often use their cars more than motorcycle owners use their motorcycles.
- Texas, Florida, and California are the states with the most deadly motorcycle accidents. It is not unexpected that the three states with the most motorcycle deaths are California, Texas, and Florida given that these three have the highest populations in the US. Florida saw 591 motorcycle fatalities in 2019.
- In 2021, just 16.1% of motorcycles that have been registered have ABS. Even though this proportion is modest, it is still better than the 0.2% in 2002. In order to prevent the wheel from locking up and help preserve the motorcycle’s stability, ABS modifies the braking force as necessary. ABS has been demonstrated to shorten stopping distance in a variety of situations. It has been demonstrated that motorcycles equipped with ABS technology are less likely to be in traffic accidents. Motorbikes are naturally less stable than cars, which have wheels in each corner to maintain their stability because they only have two wheels. Any move that further lessens a motorcycle’s stability raises the possibility of an accident. A bike’s wheel or wheels may lock up as a result of hard braking, giving the riderless control.
- In 2020, only 69% of bikers were wearing helmets. The most common cause of fatality in motorcycle accidents is head injuries, and experts believe that wearing an appropriate helmet can reduce fatalities by more than 33%. The majority of manufacturers advise riders to switch out their helmets every five years. If an accident results in any exterior damage to the helmet, it is time to buy a new one.
While the end of 2022 is not quite here, we can expect the next NHTSA report to show somewhat daunting findings regarding motorcycle accidents.
What do you think about these motorcycle accident statistics? If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is vital to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney– you could be eligible for compensation for your injuries if you were not at fault.