It only stands to reason that a motorcycle accident is more dangerous than a car accident. After all, a car has many safety features that a motorcycle can’t, such as shoulder safety belts and air bags. But not all motorcycle riders are aware of just how much more dangerous motorcycle accidents are than accidents involving passenger vehicles.
Over the last few years, a variety of statistics regarding motorcycle accidents have been released. Some of these aren’t surprising at all, such as the fact that motorcycle riders are significantly more likely to suffer a concussion in an accident than someone driving a car. But certain sobering statistics jump out when you compare the two types of accidents. These statistics include:
- The fact that, in case of an accident, the fatality rate for motorcycle passengers is 48 times higher than for passengers in a car
- The fact that, in case of an accident below thirty miles per hour, motorcycle riders still usually suffer injury, where car drivers are rarely injured at those speeds
- The fact that 4 out of every 5 motorcycle accidents result in injury or death, whereas only 1 out of every 5 car accidents result in injury or death
Most people who ride motorcycles try to be safe, but there are many difficulties that motorcycle riding presents, such as the small size of the vehicle making it more likely you will be struck by a car changing lanes (due to blind spots). No matter how safe a motorcycle rider is, there is always a risk, especially since many car drivers don’t maintain a safe distance from motorcycle riders.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is very likely that the individual was seriously injured. Please, for the sake of yourself and your family, contact an experienced attorney who can help you get the care and compensation you need to move forward with your life.