Motorcycle Fatality, Injury and Alcohol-Related Statistics

Recent US statistics, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in their 2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview, include the following:

  • 4,976 – motorcycle fatalities, 2015 (highest number since 2012)
  • 4,594 – motorcycle fatalities, 2014
  • 88,000 – motorcycle injuries, 2015
  • 92,000 -  motorcycle injuries, 2014
  • 1,365 – alcohol involved motorcycle crashes, 2015
  • 1,370 – alcohol involved motorcycle crashes, 2014

Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

There are many different causes of motorcycle crashes. Of course, a motorcycle weighs far less than a car. A motorcycle may weigh approximately 200 – 900 lbs. or more, whereas a car may weigh about 1500 – 4000 lbs. Trucks, buses and other large vehicles may weigh up to 80,000 lbs. The obvious conclusion is that when a motorcycle strikes or is struck by a car or truck, the motorcycle is far more likely to be damaged than the car. Unfortunately, so is the motorcyclist, who is completely exposed and unprotected. Some of the common causes of motorcycle crashes include:

  • Vehicle in front makes a left turn, cutting off the motorcycle and causing an accident
  • Car driver error – many accidents are caused by inattentive drivers, texting while driving, cell phone distraction, etc.
  • Car drivers do not see motorcycles in rear view mirrors
  • Hazardous road conditions, including wet, slippery, gravelly road, potholes, debris on road
  • Alcohol-related causes – by other drivers or by the motorcyclist
  • Drug-related causes – by other drivers or by the motorcyclist
  • Speeding, not adhering to rules of the road, sudden acceleration, swerving, illegal passing. These commonly are caused by automobile drivers and also by motorcyclists.
  • Entering corners much too fast and losing control of motorcycle
  • Struck from behind – motorcyclist is rear-ended by non-attentive automobile or truck driver
  • Lane splitting – motorcyclist drives between two lanes of cars and is struck from the side
  • Many other causes exist

Common Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Accidents

Because the motorcyclist is completely exposed, an accident of any kind is likely to result in serious injuries or death. Common injuries include: neck injuries, back and spinal injuries, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, fractures of extremities, amputation injuries, facial injuries, internal organ damage, skin tearing and burning, joint and other orthopedic injuries.

The most severe injuries result in permanent disability and often require years of rehabilitation and full time, round-the-clock care.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused in part or whole by another driver’s negligence, or by defective roads, or by other intervening causes such as defective equipment, you may pursue compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future lost income, pain and suffering, property damage and more. Families of deceased accident victims may pursue compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. 

You can reach Personal Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email J.P. directly at [email protected].

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A.
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