There are over 4 million registered motorcycles in the United States. Motorcycle crash fatalities represent only five percent of all traffic fatalities. But, this percentage is deceptive. Consider this:
• Motorcycles represent just two percent of all registered vehicles.
• Eighty percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death. Only twenty percent of car crashes result in injury or death.
• Forty-five percent of motorcycle crashes result in serious injury.
• Motorcycles offer little protection to their riders, so motorcycle crash injuries tend to be severe.
• Seventy-five percent of motorcycle accidents involve both the motorcycle and a larger vehicle.
• The main cause of single vehicle (motorcycle only) accidents is motorcycle rider error, including over-braking, under-cornering or excess speed.
• About 50 percent of motorcycle only wrecks involve alcohol.
• Most car-motorcycle crashes occur when the car driver fails to see the motorcyclist.
• Two-thirds of multiple vehicle accidents are caused when an automobile driver violates the motorcycle’s right of way.
Motorcycle riders are especially likely to sustain the following types of injuries:
• Broken shoulders and/or pelvis
• Broken joints, including elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and wrists
• Broken spines or necks
• Other broken bones
• Soft tissue injury to the skin and muscle, particularly abrasion
• Nerve damage to the arm
• Facial disfigurment
Kansas City motorcyclists can help prevent motorcycle crashes and crash injury. These tips come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
• Remember motorcycles follow the same traffic rules as other vehicles on the road. Be familiar with local traffic regulations.
• Leave plenty of distance when following. Avoid tailgating.
• Use signals when appropriate.
• Wear appropriate clothing including eye protection, gloves, footwear, a jacket and trousers. Bright colors also reduce the risk of accident.
Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Kansas
City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.
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