Warmer Weather Brings Out the Motorcycles
Posted on February 28th, 2019 by Zane Cagle
When the weather rolls out some unseasonably warm days, one may notice more and more motorcycles on the interstates and highways. A study produced by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety showed that the number of motorcycle fatalities continued to rise every year.
Motorcycle Crash Facts:
- Motorcycles are the most dangerous type of motor vehicle to drive. They are involved in fatal crashes at a rate of 35.0 per 100 million miles of travel, compared with a rate of 1.7 per 100 million miles of travel for passenger cars.
- Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash and eight times more likely to be injured.
- Although motorcycles account for only 2% of vehicles on the road, they make up more than 10% of all crashes.
- Motorcycles account for nearly 3% of all registered motor vehicles.
- Motorcycle fatalities had more than doubled in 10 years. If all riders had worn helmets, that number would have been significantly less.
- Approximately 80% of motorcycle crashes injure or kill a motorcycle rider, while only 20% of passenger car crashes injure or kill a driver or passenger in their vehicle.
- 37% of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared to 23% of passenger car drivers, 19% for light-truck drivers, and 8% for large truck drivers.
What Can You Do to Decrease Motorcycle Accidents?
- Take a motorcycle safety course before operating your motorcycle.
- Wear reflective clothing and use the light lamps on your motorcycle.
- Never speed.
- Wear a compliant helmet.
- Comply with all safety recommendations during your motorcycle safety course.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an expert attorney. Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm has represented many motorcycle victims and is knowledgeable about the particular law affecting Missouri and Illinois motorcyclists. Call (314) 276-1681 for your free consultation today.