Motorcycle accidents often result in devastating outcomes, so understanding how to protect yourself as an operator is essential.
Today, we’re diving deep into the statistics behind motorcycle accidents and sharing tips for staying safe on the road.
Chances of Survival
Unfortunately, the odds of surviving a motorcycle accident are lamentably grim. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shared that if a motorcyclist collides with another vehicle, they are 27 times more likely to die and 8 times more likely to get injured than those in the other vehicle.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
In 2018, there were 4,985 motorcycle fatalities in the United States. Of those fatalities, 91 percent of victims were male, while only 9 percent were female. 28 percent of the fatalities were riders under the age of 30, while riders over the age of 50 accounted for 7 percent.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Many of these accidents happen while cars are making left turns. In this situation, the motorcycle rider is trying to go straight through the intersection. If the motorist turns without paying attention, they could easily strike the motorcyclist. Attentiveness from both parties is needed to help avoid these types of accidents.
Another common cause of motorcycle accidents happens when a car is switching lanes. These collisions usually occur on multi-lane roads where it can be hard to see the motorcyclist. To avoid this type of collision, the burden falls on the car operator. Pay attention to your surroundings and always double-check your blind spot to ensure that the lane is clear.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
If you own a motorcycle, several steps can be taken to ensure the safety of yourself and others. The most essential tip you should remember is to always wear a helmet. The odds of surviving a motorcycle accident increase by 37 percent if a helmet is worn.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to make sure your bike is equipped with ABS brakes. ABS, or anti-lock braking system, adjusts the braking pressure accordingly to prevent the wheel from locking. Brakes that lock up could result in a serious accident or injury. ABS technology has been known to reduce motorcycle fatalities by 31 percent.
Another tip is to be aware of the time. Most motorcycle accidents occur from 3-9 pm, and that timeframe is considered the deadliest for motorcycle operators. Furthermore, Saturdays and Sundays are the most hazardous days of the week. When riding during these hectic times, be sure to exercise additional caution.
Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton is Here for You
A sudden motorcycle accident is a scary and stressful experience and can have unforeseen consequences that ripple through the rest of your life. Fortunately, the accident lawyers at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton are here to help. Since 1993, we have served clients throughout Utah, and we will work tirelessly to maximize the outcome of your case.
Our offices are located in Orem, Provo, Saratoga Springs, and West Jordan, Utah. Reach out for your free case evaluation today.