Motorbikes have high-performance capabilities and can be a safe way to travel, but when motorcycle accidents occur, operators are at risk.
Since motorcycles do not offer the same protection as an enclosed vehicle, their riders are more likely to be injured or killed in a crash.
It is important to understand these statistics, how they affect you, and ways to keep yourself safe on the road.
According to the most recent information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,985 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2018. That number saw a five percent decrease from the previous year, but riders are still overrepresented in traffic fatalities.
In Utah, motorcycle accidents are steadily increasing. According to state troopers, there were 47 fatalities related to motorbikes in 2019. That was a 24 percent increase from the year before, which is very concerning to both law enforcement and motorists.
Over the last five years, 1.8 percent of all accidents in Utah involved a motorcycle. That number might not seem concerning initially, but knowing that it represents 5,430 crashes is alarming. This demonstrates the need for heightened motorist awareness.
Most Dangerous Times to Operate a Motorcycle
In Utah, the majority of accidents involving a motorcycle over the last five years occurred over the weekend, with Saturday being the highest day. Additionally, most of these crashes happened during rush hour traffic from around 4-6 PM. Be sure to exercise extra caution when driving during these times.
How to Stay Safe
Operating a motorcycle can be more dangerous than driving a normal car or truck. Even with this information, motorbikes are still a safe and economic way to travel. Many steps can be taken to avoid accidents, such as:
- Always wear a helmet
- Obey all traffic rules
- Ride defensively
- Avoid driving while drowsy
- Always ride sober
- Make sure your motorcycle is fit for the road
- Check the tires
- Look for signs of oil or gas leaks under the bike
- Ensure that headlight, taillight, and signals are functioning
- Check hydraulic and coolant fluid levels weekly
Most Common Accidents
Ride Apart created a list of the most common reasons motorcycle accidents happen and how to avoid them. Let us review some of the most important ones:
- A car turns left in front of you – Most accidents happen when a driver is inattentive and does not see you, especially while turning left. The best way to avoid these accidents is to be attentive.
- Gravel on the road– When you are riding and make a turn, there could be dirt or gravel in the road. The best way to avoid spin outs and crashes due to gravel is to take turns slowly.
- Unsafe road conditions – Storms can cause the roads to be slippery and unsafe. Hitting a slick patch of ice can be deadly. Slow your speed and be on the lookout for puddles of water during and after a storm.
Flickinger Sutterfield and Boulton is Here for You
Motorcycle accidents are unfortunately quite commonplace. If you find yourself in this situation, reach out to our experienced attorneys to review the best course of action. We can help you obtain your rightful compensation for any damages.
We have offices in Provo, Orem, Saratoga Springs, and West Jordan, Utah. Contact us to schedule your free case evaluation today.