The following motorcycle accident statistics provide a clear depiction of how often motorcycles accidents happen, as well as some of the primary causes of these accidents. These statistics come from various reputable sources, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
General Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- Approximately 11 percent of all motor vehicle accidents that occur on U.S. roadways each year involve motorcycles.
- Motorcycles only make up about 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S.
- Riders between 20 and 24 years old have the highest rates of motorcycle accident injuries and deaths, followed by riders between the ages of 25 and 29 years old.
- Motorcycle riders’ are 5 times more likely than the occupants of passenger vehicles to be injured while they are commuting on U.S. roadways.
- While about 49 percent of all motorcycle accidents involve riders colliding with another vehicle, 51 percent of these accidents are single-vehicle accidents, meaning that the motorcycle is the only vehicle involved in the accident.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- Motorcycle riders’ risk of getting into a fatal accident is 35 times greater than the risk of fatal accidents for the occupants of passenger vehicles.
- Nearly 40 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents that occur in the U.S. involve another motorist making a left-hand turn in front of the rider (while the rider is either attempting to go straight or overtake another vehicle).
- Approximately 35 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve the rider speeding immediately prior to the crash.
- More than 42 percent of riders involved in single-vehicle fatal motorcycle accidents had blood alcohol contents (BACs) greater than 0.08.
Motorcycle Helmet Statistics
- The number one cause of death associated with motorcycle accidents is related to head injuries.
- When motorcycle riders do not wear safety helmets, their risk of sustaining a fatal head injury increases by about 40 percent.
- Only 19 U.S. states have universal helmet laws (i.e., laws that require all riders to wear DOT-approved safety helmets while riding). Twenty-eight other states have partial helmet laws, meaning that they only require specific riders to wear safety helmets.
- Three states – Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire – have no motorcycle helmet laws.
Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney D. Chadwick Calvert
At D. Chadwick Calvert LLC, our Denver motorcycle accident attorney is dedicated to helping injured riders – as well as families who have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident – get them the compensation they deserve. Since 1987, Attorney D. Chadwick Calvert has been working diligently to stand up for victims’ rights at every stage of their case. He knows what it takes to take care of his clients, and he has a proven record of success when it comes to helping them obtain the highest possible settlements for their injuries and losses.
D. Chadwick Calvert’s legal knowledge and sharp litigating and negotiating skills are enhanced by his strong commitment to providing each of his clients with the highest quality legal services. This means that he takes pride in providing personalized attention to each of his clients and that he never passes cases off to new associates or assistants.
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If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney D. Chadwick Calvert encourages you to get more information about your rights and entitlements by setting up a free initial consult. You can contact our firm by calling (720) 457-9074 or by emailing us. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.