These statistics are based on statistics compiled by NHTSA for 2008.
• There are over 7 million motorcycles being ridden on American roads and highways. In 2008, there were 99,081 registered motorcycles in Missouri. There were 84,602 motorcycles registered in Kansas that year.
• In 2008, 5,290 Americans died in motorcycle accidents. This is the highest annual number ever recorded. One hundred and seven of these motorcycle accident fatalities occurred in Missouri. Forty-six occurred in Kansas.
• In 2008, 114,000 motorcycle accidents were considered serious accidents – these are accidents that involve injuries or significant property damage
• Nationwide, fourteen percent of traffic accidents involve motorcycles. In Missouri, motorcycle accidents are responsible for 11% of all traffic fatalities. In Kansas, it is 12%.
• Missouri has a motorcycle crash rate of 108 fatalities per 100,000 motorcycle registrations.
• Kansas has a motorcycle crash rate of 54 fatalities per 100,000 motorcycle registrations.
• One-third of motorcycle accidents involve a motorcyclist riding under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
• Thirty-five percent of fatal motorcycle accidents involve a rider who was speeding.
• If you are on a motorcycle and are involved in a crash:
• Sixty percent of motorcycle riders wear their helmets. Helmets saved 1,829 lives in 2008. NHTSA officials estimate that another 1,000 lives would have been saved if the rider was wearing a helmet.
• In Missouri, 83 (78%) of those killed in accidents were wearing helmets, 24 were not. Forty nine lives were saved because of helmet use. If all riders wore helmets, an additional nine lives could have been saved.
• In Kansas, 11 (27%) were wearing helmets, 30 were not, 5 are unknown. Seven lives were saved because of helmet use. If all riders wore helmets, an additional 13 lives could have been saved.
• The fastest growing group of motorcycle drivers is those over age 40.
• Sixty percent of those killed in motorcycle accidents in Missouri were over age 40. Sixty-five percent of those killed in Kansas were over age 40.
The biggest causes of motorcycle crashes:
• The failure of other drivers to recognize motorcyclists in heavy traffic or at night
• Seventy-percent of motorcycle accidents occur because a driver of a car did not see the motorcyclist.
Insurance companies often discriminate against motorcycle riders. They portray riders as speed-happy or reckless when, in fact, most riders ride responsibly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may need help getting the insurance compensation that you deserve. Contact the Kansas City motorcycle crash lawyers at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys to learn more about your rights after a Kansas City motorcycle wreck.
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