Dangers of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and often have high performance capabilities. When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they’re more likely to be injured or killed. The federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2010, the number of deaths on motorcycles was about 30 times the number in cars. 1

Many motorcycle accident cases result from:

Because serious head injury is common among fatally injured motorcyclists, helmet use is important. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths2 and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.3   Yet only 20 states and the District of Columbia mandate helmet use by all riders.

The following facts are based on analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

Motorcycle Crash Trends

A total of 4,309 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2010. Motorcyclist deaths had been declining since the early 1980s but began to increase in 1998 and continued to increase through 2008. Motorcyclist deaths decreased by 16 percent in 2009 compared to 2008 and increased slightly in 2010.  Motorcycle deaths accounted for 13 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2010 and were more than double the number of motorcyclist deaths in 1997. In contrast, at 22,263, fewer passenger vehicle occupants died in crashes in 2010 than in any year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began collecting fatal crash data in 1975.

 In 2010, fatally injured motorcycle drivers were less likely to be operating without a valid driver’s license than in 2001 (21 percent vs. 27 percent). However, the rate of unlicensed fatally injured motorcycle drivers in 2010 was still higher than the rate of unlicensed fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers (14 percent).

At the law firm of Curran & Desharnais, P.C., we provide experienced representation for people who have been injured in motorcycle accidents throughout Massachusetts & the Greater Boston area.

Call the Greater Boston Personal Injury Attorneys at the Law Office of Curran & Desharnais, P.C. Today at 781-618-3197 or 1-888-682-9194 or email Attorney Curran directly at jkcurran@verizon.net.


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