Many different type of drivers share the North Carolina roadways. Among them, and the most at-risk, are motorcyclists. This blog will take a look at what makes riding a motorcycle so dangerous, and some statistics related to motorcycle accidents.
Motorcyclists have a tendency to face more risks on the road than their counterparts in covered vehicles such as cars, trucks and vans. This is largely due to their lack of size and protection. Other motor vehicles on the road often don’t see motorcycles in time and hit them. Add to that that motorcycles do not enclose the driver, so if a motorcyclist is hit, the hit is often directly to their body or they are thrown from the motorcycle affecting their body.
Because of these facts, motorcyclists encounter an unusually high amount of injuries, crashes and fatalities. Some studies have shown that motorcyclists are in fact up to 26 times more likely to die in an accident than another type of passenger vehicle, and 5 times more likely to be injured. Furthermore, other types of motor vehicle fatalities have steadily dropped since 1999, yet the fatality rate for motorcyclists has actually doubled.
In up to two-thirds of all accidents that involve motorcycles and other vehicles, the other vehicle is at fault in the crash. What this shows us is that most of the dangers faced by motorcyclists are not a result of their own actions.
Do you want to learn more about motorcycle accidents? If so, visit our web page linked here. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, we encourage you to call Hardee, Massey & Blodgett at 252-378-2525 for a free consultation today.