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 causes of motorcycle accidents for single vehicle accidents and motor cycle – car accidents.
• 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:
• Concussion and traumatic brain injury (wearing a helmet reduces the chance of braininjury by 37%).
• 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 a helmet.
• Wear appropriate clothing including eye protection, gloves, footwear, a jacket and trousers. Bright colors also reduce the risk of accident.
If you are injured in a Missouri or Kansas motorcycle accident, contact the Kansas City motorcycle crash attorneys at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys. We understand the unique needs of motorcyclists, and we can help you get a fair insurance settlement to cover your injuries and other losses. Request our free book: KC Biker Bible to learn more.