A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of motorcycle accident data found that when a motorcycle and one or more other vehicles collide, motorcyclists face a far higher risk of death. This risk is higher than the risk faced by others involved in the collision, and it is also higher than the risk of death when a motorcycle crashes without colliding with another vehicle.
The study examined 4,553 fatal motorcycle accidents from 2005. Researchers found that multi-vehicle accidents accounted for 56 percent of motorcyclist deaths, while single-vehicle crashes - situations where the bike crashed without colliding with another vehicle - resulted in 44 percent of recorded motorcyclist deaths. Eighty-nine percent of the motorcyclists who lost their lives were involved in a crash with just one other vehicle.
Researchers also found that the overwhelming majority of those who lost their lives in multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles were on the motorcycle at the time of the accident. A total of 98 percent of deaths occurred to motorcycle drivers or passengers, while only 2 percent of motor vehicle occupants were killed when a crash involved a car and a motorcycle.
Although two-vehicle motorcycle accident rates dropped in the 1980s and 1990s, they have since been increasing. The rate of deaths in these types of accidents doubled between 1997 and 2005, according to researchers.
Riding a motorcycle in summer can be exhilarating as well as practical, but it can also be dangerous. At Page Law, our knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyers in St. Charles County can help you seek the compensation you need after a crash. For a free consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.