Motorcycle fatality rate in U.S. by year
What is the Fatality Rate for Motorcycle Riders in the United States?
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fatality rate for motorcycle riders is significantly higher than that of passenger vehicles. In recent years, the number of motorcycle deaths has shown an alarming trend. While the fatality rate per registered vehicle has slightly decreased, the sheer number of fatalities remains a concern.
The U.S. Department of Transportation reported that in 2020 alone, there were over 5,000 motorcycle fatalities. While this represents a decrease compared to previous years, it is still a substantial loss of life. To put it into perspective, the fatality rate for motorcycles in 2020 was approximately 21 times higher than for passenger cars on a per-mile-traveled basis
These statistics highlight the urgent need for increased awareness and improved safety measures for motorcyclists on the roads.
Motorcycle fatality data provided by Wikipedia:
Year - Deaths
- 2000: 2,897
- 2001: 3,191
- 2002: 3,244
- 2003: 3,661
- 2004: 4,028
- 2005: 4,576
- 2006: 4,837
- 2007: 5,174
- 2008: 5,312
- 2009: 4,462
- 2010: 4,502
- 2011: 4,612
- 2012: 4,695
- 2013: 4,402
- 2014: 4,295
- 2015: 4,976
- 2016: 5,286
- 2017: 5,172
What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Some common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Lack of visibility
Motorcycles are smaller and less visible compared to passenger vehicles, making it challenging for other drivers to spot them on the road. This often leads to accidents caused by drivers failing to yield the right of way or making sudden lane changes without checking for motorcycles.
The rise in distracted driving, including activities like texting or talking on the phone while driving, has greatly increased the risk of accidents for motorcyclists. When drivers are not fully attentive to the road, they may fail to notice motorcycles in their vicinity, leading to collisions.
Speeding and reckless driving
Excessive speed and reckless driving are significant contributors to motorcycle accidents. Riders and other drivers who exceed the speed limits or engage in dangerous maneuvers put themselves and others at risk.
Lack of helmet use
Motorcycle helmets are proven to be effective in reducing the risk of severe head injuries and fatalities. However, not all riders consistently wear helmets. Helmet non-compliance remains a concerning factor contributing to the severity of injuries in motorcycle accidents.
Poorly maintained roads
Poorly maintained roads, debris, potholes, and other hazards pose a greater threat to motorcyclists due to their reduced stability and lack of protective features compared to passenger vehicles. These road conditions increase the risk of accidents and the severity of resulting injuries.
In some cases, accidents occur due to errors made by motorcycle riders themselves. This can include factors such as overestimating their riding abilities, misjudging distances, or taking unnecessary risks.
Should I Speak With a Motorcycle Attorney?
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you must contact a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights and your claim. The motorcycle accident lawyers at MVP Accident Attorneys understand the unique challenges faced by motorcycle accident victims and offer comprehensive support to help them obtain fair compensation for all accident-related damages.
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Motorcycle accidents pose a significant risk to riders in the United States, with the fatality rate remaining a pressing concern. If you were involved in a motorcycle collision, a motorcycle accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys can help you recover compensation for all accident-related damages.
At MVP Accident Attorneys, we offer free consultations to support motorcycle accident victims during these challenging times. Contact us today to learn more.
Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.
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