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Motorcycle Accident Data
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycles made up nearly 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States, but accounted for 13 percent of all traffic fatalities. The NHTSA data reported that motorcyclists are an astonishing 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic accident; they are 8 times as likely to be injured.
In 2007, the NHTSA recorded 5,154 fatalities and 103,000 people injured in motorcycle accidents. By comparison, in the same year there were 28,933 fatalities and 2,220,632 people injured in accidents involving passenger cars and light trucks.
Half of all fatal motorcycle accidents involved another vehicle, and 40 percent of those fatal accidents occurred while the rider was going straight, passing, or overtaking the other vehicle. More than three-quarters of the fatalities resulted from an impact to the front of the motorcycle.
The NHTSA found that helmets saved 1,784 lives in 2007, and it claims that 800 more people would have survived a fatal motorcycle accident if they had been wearing a helmet. This estimate is based on the administration’s calculation that for every 100 motorcyclists who have died while not wearing a helmet, 37 could have lived if they had been wearing helmets.
Massachusetts is one of 20 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, which require motorcycle operators and their passengers to wear helmets. New Hampshire residents can live free or die without the Granite State requiring them to wear protective headgear, unless they are under 18 years of age.
The American Motorcyclist Association, a motorcycle advocacy organization, encourages voluntary helmet use, but it generally disfavors mandatory helmet laws, except in the case of minors. Instead, the AMA emphasizes motorcyclist education, improved licensing and testing, and increased public awareness.
In fact, the federal government’s research reveals that one quarter of motorcyclists involved in fatal motorcycle accidents had an invalid license, compared to 13% for passenger cars. More than a third of all motorcycle riders that were involved in fatal crashes were speeding, a higher percentage than any other type of vehicle on the road. Further, motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents are more likely than any other type of driver to have a blood alcohol content above 0.08 percent, the legal limit in most states.
An independent analysis of federal government crash data from 1997 through 2006 revealed that the most common types of injuries in motorcycle accidents were to the upper and lower extremities, followed by the head, chest, spine, and abdominal area. The study’s authors noted that while there were more overall lower extremity injuries, those types of injuries tended to be less severe than injuries to the head, chest, and abdomen. Additionally, they calculated that bikers who sustained lower extremity injuries had median hospital charges of between $21,000 (single injury) and $39,000 (multiple injuries).
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To speak with an experienced Massachusetts motorcycle accident lawyer, contact Parker Scheer LLP seven days a week, toll free at . There is no fee charged to discuss your case, and all information furnished, will be kept strictly confidential.
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