Did you know that in 2020, motorcyclist fatalities occurred nearly 28 times more frequently than passenger car fatalities?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that there were 5,579 motorcyclists killed in 2020, which accounts for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities that year. This is the highest number of motorcyclists killed since the Fatality Analysis Reporting System started in 1975.
The #1 cause for motorcycle accidents is other motorists not watching out for smaller vehicles on the road. Actions such as turning left, merging in front of riders, and following motorcyclists too close can lead to accidents. Other causes of motorcycle crashes include poor bike maintenance, poor road surface maintenance, and risky or reckless behaviors.
The NHTSA estimates that 45 percent of fatal crashes, of all types of motor vehicles, were due to the drivers engaging in risky or reckless behaviors, such as speeding, being impaired by alcohol, or not wearing a seat belt. Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our nation’s highways.
Click the link below to read about common motorcycle crash injuries and how we can help if you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident.