Motorcycle Crash Facts
Written by Greg on February 3, 2015
For many individuals, the motorcycle represents a vehicle that embodies freedom and perseverance; however it is equally one that can be dangerous. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Traffic Safety Administration, through its Traffic Safety Facts, in 2011 alone there were 4,612 motorcyclists that were killed in traffic accidents. This is an increase from the previous year.
Additionally, there were also an estimated 81,000 motorcyclists who sustained injuries the same year.
Moreover, Dallas News also works to show that, while motorcycle fatalities dropped by 6% in 2012, nationally motorcycle deaths have been on the rise nationally for the past decade. As noted by Mark Cross, a spokesperson for the NTSA, “Motorcyclists often report that they didn’t see the motorcyclists. Seeing them and being aware of them tends to be one of the main problems.”
While this problem has certainly led to many of these unfortunate traffic incidences, there are also important facts that one must also be aware of:
• Motorcycles made up approximately 3% of all registered vehicles and 0.6% of all roads traveled in 2011 alone.
• In the same year 449 (or 49%) of all motorcycles that were involved in a crash collided with another vehicle while in the middle of transport.
• During two-vehicle crashes, 75% of motorcycles collided with the vehicle that was in front of the motorcycle, while only 6% were struck in the rear.
• Motorcycles are more likely to be involved in a crash with a fixed object (ex. Sign or pole) than other types of vehicles. In 2011, 23% of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with fixed objects. This is compared to 18% for passenger cars, 13% for small trucks, and 4% for large trucks.
• In 2011 alone there were 1,998 two-vehicle fatal crashes that involved motorcycles and another vehicle. In 38% of these specific cases, the other vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was passing, going straight, or overtaking another vehicle.
The information presented by the National Traffic Safety Administration also gives more insight into how these crashes might occur. For example, the NTSA states that approximately 22% of motorcycle riders that were involved in crashes did not have a valid motorcycle license at the time of the collision. This is in comparison to the 12% of passenger car drivers that did not have a valid license. In addition, motorcycle riders were also 1.4 more times more likely to not have a valid driver license with a motorcycle endorsement or a motorcycle-only license.
Additionally, the research indicates that motorcycle riders were considered to be the drivers who had the highest percentage of driving convictions, such as DWI, speeding, and/or revocation in comparison to other drivers. To a similar extent, research also shows that motorcyclists that were involved in fatal crashes also had a higher percentage of blood alcohol perception, of approximately .08 grams per deciliter, which was higher than any other type of motor vehicle driver.
As a whole, this information underlines one primary fact –that extra caution should be taken while enjoying the roadways as a motorcyclist.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Houston, Texas that was not your fault, call the Baumgartner Law Firm for a consultation on your rights and options. (281) 587-1111.