What hazards do motorcyclists encounter when they ride down the road? What factors increase the need to file motorcycle accident claims? Motorcyclists can reduce their risk of an accident by studying accident causes, familiarizing themselves with their bike and route, and adjusting their driving behaviors to account for weather, traffic, and time of day.
In 2015, 88,000 motorcyclists suffered accident injuries and 5,286 were killed. This represented a fatality rate of 60.9 per 100,000 registered motorcycles, and an injury rate of 1,028 per 100,000 registered motorcycles. Overall, the number of injuries decreased from 92,000 in 2014. However, the number of fatalities increased from the 5,029 recorded in 2015.
Loss of control accidents are common causes of motorcycle injuries and motorcycle accident claims. Loss of control can occur when a motorcycle rolls over loose gravel, ice, sand, or standing water on a road surface. These types of accidents are common following storms, in road construction zones, and on rural roadways where wash boarding, potholes, and gravel are more prevalent.
Age is a factor that can become a hazard as a rider grows older. In the past, younger riders had the greatest risk of accident fatalities, but riders over the age of 40 now comprise the largest number of fatalities. Over the past four years, the number of motorcyclists over age 40 killed has risen to 55%. In 2016, the average age of those killed in motorcycle accidents was 43.
Collisions with fixed objects are a growing hazard for motorcyclists. As of 2016, more fatal accidents involved contact with fixed objects than with other automobiles.
Some hazards are self-inflicted, such as speeding or not wearing a helmet. In 2016, 1,859 cyclists survived accidents in part because they were wearing helmets; a further 802 riders might have survived had they worn a helmet. Speed is another frequently cited hazard in motorcycle accident claims. In 2016, speeding was a factor in nearly 33% of fatal accidents; a rate that is 14% higher than that for occupants of passenger vehicles.
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