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Anyone who operates a motorcycle or other motorized vehicle faces more risk than others traveling on roadways and sidewalks. These open-cabin vehicles leave the rider largely unprotected versus a vehicle with frames, doors and seat belts. This also means that injuries pertaining to these modes of travel are more likely to be severe and life-threatening.
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Let’s face it, those who love motorcycles and other motorized vehicles often cite the fact they love the freedom of travel and the ease of getting around. Unfortunately, statistically, operating motorized vehicles can be deadlier than operating an automobile.
Across the United States during 2017, there were 8,715,204 registered motorcycles according to the Insurance Information Institute, Inc. (1). This study goes on to show more than 5,000 fatalities and 89,000 injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)(2) when compared against other registered vehicles in the U.S., motorcycles only account for three percent. However, fatalities occur 27 times more frequently for motorcyclists than for passengers in motor vehicles.
It probably is no big surprise the states with the highest fatality rates (3) are those states with the best overall weather:
As far back as 2010, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimated motorcycle accident costs were in the area of $16 billion in what they termed “total direct measurable costs”. (4) It can be an expensive risk; not just financially, but physically also. Some of the injuries suffered by motorcycle accident victims include:
There are other injuries including spinal cord injuries, soft tissue injuries and crushing injuries motorized vehicle operators may have to contend with following an accident.
Most of us assume the less experienced a driver, the more likely they are to be involved in a traffic accident. They believe you can extrapolate that information to motorcycle operators. Surprisingly enough, you would be wrong to assume the older the operator, the safer. However, a report issued by the NHTSA(5) shows the older the driver, the more likely they are to suffer an injury. Motorcycle fatalities fell into the following age groups:
These numbers are based on 2017 fatality rates. Unfortunately, this report also states the most common reasons for a fatality were alcohol use and a lack of helmet use. Helmets were found to be the most effective means of preventing fatal injuries to both motorcycle operators and passenger.
Initially, an operator or passenger of a motorcycle, or other motorized vehicle, may consider their injuries to be relatively mild. However, there are serious complications that often result from seemingly minor injuries. Examples include:
While it may be impossible to completely avoid an accident, there are a few steps you can take to help minimize your risk of serious injury while traveling by motorized vehicle including:
Those who are traveling the roadways or sidewalks when operating a motorized vehicle should also make sure the vehicle is in good repair to help avoid problems stopping due to faulty brakes, make sure their tires are properly inflated and in good condition to avoid problems on the roadways. Any safety measures you can take while operating a motorized vehicle can help you avoid accidents or minimize your risk of serious injury should you be involved in an accident.
Following any type of an accident the most important thing you can do to protect yourself is to seek medical attention. Even if you do not believe you have a serious injury, a thorough evaluation is in order. Once you have sought medical care, you need to give your body time to heal. Be sure to pay attention to signals your body may be sending you including increasing pain, feelings of malaise, or any other obvious symptom that indicates something may be wrong.
If your doctor advises you to remain out of work, keep a record of any new symptoms you experience. Additionally, you will want to keep track of any expenses you incur as a result of your injuries, particularly if another driver caused the accident.
Anyone who was involved in an accident involving another driver who was acting negligently should seek guidance from a motorized vehicle accident attorney. An attorney will be able to advise you about negotiating with insurance companies, advise you on your rights under your respective state laws, and when necessary, help you file a personal injury claim against the person responsible for your injuries.
(1) Insurance Information Institute, Inc. https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-motorcycle-crashes
(2) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812785
(3) Motorcycle Fatality Rates: https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/which-states-have-the-most-motorcycle-fatalities
(4) GAO Study of Costs: https://www.gao.gov/assets/660/650046.txt
(5) NHTSA Safety/ages https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812785
(6) CDC Traumatic Brain Injury: https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/outcomes.html