In 2015, the federal government estimated that the number of deaths on motorcycles were about 45 times the number of deaths in cars. These deaths were a function of the number of head injuries, which are more common among motorcyclists. It is estimated that about 37% of deaths could be prevented by wearing a helmet. About 67% of the brain injuries could also have been prevented.
Over 4,300 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2015. Motorcycle deaths have been declining since the early 1990s, until they began to rise again through the year 2008. Motorcycle accident deaths account for 13% of all motor vehicle deaths in 2015, which is more than double the statistics from 2005.
When thinking about motorcycle vs car accident statistics, 22,200 passenger vehicle occupants died in crashes in 2010, which is fewer than any year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began in 1975.
A rider can get thrown off the bike, and suffer some injuries, but usually not death. However when you get a massive vehicle colliding with a motorcycle, much or serious results occur.
For years now, the average age of the victim from a motorcycle accident has been on the increase. Motor cyclists who died in motorcycle accidents was under the age of 30, but now we see that the number of riders over the age of 50 has actually surpassed the number of 30-year-olds, and in fact all other age groups.
90% of motorcyclists killed in 2015 crashes were male; 65% of the female victims were passengers. 99% of the males that died during a motorcycle crash in 2015 were the drivers of the cycle.
The engine sizes of the motorcycles involved in an fatal motorcycle accident have gone up drastically 29% of the accidents involved in engine size larger than 1400 cc, compared to only 9% a decade earlier. 83% of touring bikes had engines larger than 1400 cc, while off-road bikes and super sport bikes had engines of sizes 1000 cc or smaller.
The Summer months of June, July and August has the highest percentage of motorcyclist deaths at the peak of the riding season. 50% of motorcyclist deaths mentioned occurred on weekends, and often occured after 6 PM, in comparison to the weekday statistics.
More than half motorcycle deaths in 2015 occurred on main roads, that were not interested or highways. The bigger the road, the busier it is, the more chances of interacting with other motorists.
Working With Insurance Companies Claims for Motorcycle Accidents
It’s important not to volunteer information to an insurance company that suggests you were at fault in an accident. If you say anything that can show you contributed to the accident, then your claim will be denied.
Don’t try to diagnose your own injuries, and avoid statements such as “I’m okay.” You will need to sign an release form, so the insurance company can legally obtain your information.
Do not try to investigate your accident yourself, your insurance company will look into your claim, and limit the number of people who you speak with. If the other party involved in the accident wants information, refer them to your insurance company. If there are witnesses to the accident, the police will get their information and then pass that on to the insurance company.
If your motorcycle accident claim is minor, and your injuries small, you may be able to handle the process without difficulty with the aid of an attorney. Before settling a motorcycle accident insurance claim for injuries, keep the following in mind:
- Injuries linger: An injury may have lingering effects that are more serious than initially diagnosed. Before agreeing to a settlement, be sure you have received the appropriate medical attention on the full extent of your injuries.
- Include all expenses: Look over your accident insurance policy and make sure you have claimed all the expenses.
- Motorcycle accident settlements are final: Once you sign a settlement agreement with your insurance company, the claim is closed. You cannot reopen a motorcycle accident claim or file a new one if new problems emerge. Do not sign an insurance settlement agreement unless you are confident all damages are included.
A motorcycle accident attorney like Adler Injury Law, P.A. will know the difference between a serious issue and a minor one. A soft-tissue damage such as a sprained neck, ankle or back, may not be looked upon by insurance companies as not being very significant.
Working with an experienced attorney will help you understand if your insurance company is getting you the money you deserve, and how to take action if you are not properly compensated. An attorney can also handle all of the conversations with your insurance company and doctors for you, so you can trust the process will go smoothly.
The statistics for this article came from the insurance Institute for Highway Safety.