Every day on the freeways there are several motorcycle accidents, often with at least one fatality. And that leads to the point. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, 13.10 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes. However, the rate for motorcycles is 72.34 per 100,000 registered motorcycles.) Motorcycles also have a massively higher fatality rate per unit of distance travelled when compared with automobiles. Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists’ risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car. Motorcycles have 16 times the rate of serious injuries per 100 million vehicle miles compared to cars and double the rate of bicycles.
Somehow, those numbers only tend to feed the passion bikers have for their rides. But those are national numbers. Let’s look at where you and I live, especially if you live in Los Angeles or Orange County:
- Motorcycle rider death rates increased among all rider age groups between 1998 and 2014
- Motorcycle rider deaths were nearly 30 times more than drivers of other vehicles
- Motorcycle riders aged below 40 are 36 times more likely to be killed than other vehicle operators of the same age.
- Motorcycle riders aged 40 years and over are around 20 times more likely to be killed than other drivers of that same age.
If you ride a motorcycle and have been involved in an accident, call Del Hovden at our Whittier motorcycle accident law firm for a free consultation.
According to the NHTSA, 4,008 motorcycle occupants were killed on United States roads in 2014, an 8% increase from 2011.
During that same period, drivers of automobiles showed a 10% increase in fatalities and cyclists showed an 8% increase in fatalities. Pedestrians also showed a 10% increase in fatalities. A total of 37,304 automobile occupants were killed on U.S. roads in 2014.
Additional data from the United States reveals that there are over four million motorcycles registered in the United States. Motorcycle fatalities represent approximately five percent of all highway fatalities each year, yet motorcycles represent just two percent of all registered vehicles in the United States.
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One of the main reasons motorcyclists are killed in crashes is because the motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection in a crash. For example, approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death; a comparable figure for automobiles is about 20 percent.
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You should not have to fight for what you deserve, but sometimes it is necessary at (877)923-0971. If you find yourself in dire circumstances, Del Hovden can fight the insurance companies and leave you more time to get your life back in order. Don’t let an insurance company’s bad faith or unfair business practice rob you of your legal rights.
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