Motorcycles are generally more dangerous than cars, and this is part of their appeal. Obviously, they are more dangerous because motorcyclists are less protected from harm than car drivers.
Of particular concern for proponents of motorcycle helmet laws is the fact that as a motorcyclist, you are more vulnerable to head injuries than the driver of a passenger car.
And this is even more concerning since according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents, are the second leading cause of fatal head trauma.
But are motorcycle accidents more common than car accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, there were approximately 106,000 motorcycle accidents compared to more than 5,669,000 car accidents. Accounting for 4,668 people dying in motorcycle crashes and 22,383 in car crashes.
So, there are far more car accidents than motorcycle accidents. But according to motorcycle accident statistics, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were 26 times more likely to die in an accident than passenger car occupants. Similarly, the injury rate for motorcyclists is 5 times higher than the rate for automobile occupants.
Here's how motorcycle accidents stack up against car accidents in other ways:
- Per vehicle mile traveled, there are 22.92 motorcycle deaths for every 100 million miles traveled versus 0.86 car occupant deaths per 100 million miles traveled.
- Motorcycles make up 3% of all registered vehicles and only .70% of vehicle miles traveled, but 14% of all traffic fatalities.
- About 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in injury or death versus only 20% of car accidents.
- Three-fourths of all motorcycle accidents involved collisions with another vehicle, most often a passenger car.
- The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is a failure of other motorists to notice the motorcycle on the road.
Lack of protection for motorcyclists results in higher injury and death rate
While car crashes are much more common on American roads, motorcycle accidents are substantially more deadly. Especially for those who do not wear helmets.
37% of all deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents and 67% of all injuries could be prevented by wearing a motorcycle safety helmet. But even with helmets, cyclists are more prone to being injured or killed in an accident than car drivers.
A Motorcycle accident can result in a wide range of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to life-threatening injuries that can leave a cyclist paralyzed or in a vegetative state. As a result, motorcycle accident victims and their families often face insurmountable medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional stress.
Motorcycles typically only have one headlight and are much less noticeable than passenger vehicles. Still, other motorists have as much a duty to look out for motorcycles as they do for passenger cars.
As a victim of motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation to recover the following:
- Past expense and future Medical care
- Repair or replacement of your motorcycle
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering from
So, if you are injured in motorcycle accident in California, contact an experienced California motorcycle accident lawyer today to preserve your right to be compensated.