Although motorcycle accidents very different from other vehicular accidents, they can be more severe and shocking due the lack of stability, lack of visibility, and lack of protection offered by an enclosed automobile. These accidents have prompted several research studies on motorcycle accidents, which in turn have revealed many interesting and telling facts about these types of incidents. Information sourced from the the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) shows the following.
- 42 percent of motorcycle deaths in 2014 involved single-vehicle crashes, while 58 percent involved multiple vehicles.
- Of the motorcycle riders killed in 2014, 92 percent were male.
- 62 percent of motorcycle drivers killed in 2014 wore a helmet.
- Only 53 percent of motorcycle passengers killed in the same year were helmeted.
- More older riders were killed in 2014, with 36 percent of deaths above the age of 50, compared to 30 percent of deaths below age 30
- In 2014, 62 percent of motorcycle deaths happened between the months of May and September, peaking in June and at their lowest in February.
- Motorcycle deaths were more likely to happen in urban (55 percent) than rural areas (44 percent).
- Over half of motorcycle fatalities (57 percent) in 2014 happened on major roads
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident you were not responsible for, don’t hesitate to contact the legal team of Barrus Injury Lawyers to discuss your legal options and file a claim for personal injury compensation. Call us today at (210) 593-8709.