Motorcyclists are overrepresented as drivers in fatal road accidents with a higher death rate. The numbers are strong, with roughly 25 deaths per 100 million miles of motorcycle travel compared to 0.80 deaths per 100 million miles of automobile travel.

Motorcycle accident statistics

• Motorcycles make up only three percent of registered vehicles, but account for 14 percent of traffic-related deaths.
• A motorcyclist is 27 times more likely to die in an accident than a motorist, and 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in injury or death, compared to 20 percent of all car accidents.
• In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists died in motorcycle accidents.
• Motorcyclists are also at an increased risk of single vehicle accidents. 34% of motorcycle accidents do not involve any other vehicle, compared to just 14% of car accidents.

May is the month of motorcycle safety awareness and it makes sense when the northern states enter the warm weather season. Many riders will be back on the road this month so it is a good time to remind motorcyclists and drivers to be aware of each other and to share the road well to avoid motorcycle accidents involving cars. Read on for NHTSA motorcycle safety tips.

Motorcycle safety

The number one safety problem for motorcycles is that vehicles don’t see them. It is important for drivers to check their blind spots and mirrors and use their turn signals every time they want to change lanes or drive past another vehicle. In addition, riders should be extra careful to avoid distractions such as cell phone use during motorcycle season.

Drivers can help protect themselves by taking a defensive driving course and wearing protective gear, including a DOT-compliant motorcycle helmet (learn more about choosing the right helmet), gloves, and full-body clothing made from leather or heavy denim. Other safety tips are:

• Make yourself as visible as possible. Wearing brightly colored clothing with reflective material and / or adding reflective material to your motorcycle is the best way to make yourself more visible to the riders.
• When riding a motorcycle, it is also important to be aware of your surroundings, as road hazards and bad weather conditions can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists.
• Never drive while drunk. *
• Obey traffic lights, signs, speed limits and lane markings. *
• Ride with the flow of traffic and leave enough space between your bike and other vehicles.

* Almost half of motorcycle accidents were due to speeding or noise attacks.

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Motorcycle accidents involving a car

If you are injured in a car accident while driving, it is important to report the accident to the police, file a police report immediately, and seek medical treatment immediately. Document and retain evidence from the scene of the accident if you are able to retain receipts and transcripts of any resulting medical care. You should also notify your insurance company of the accident as soon as possible, but not speak to the guilty insurance agency or accept an agreement without first speaking to a motorcycle accident attorney.

If you’ve lost a loved one or were injured through no fault of your own, you’ve got enough on your plate. Let a skilled accident attorney fight for the justice and fair compensation you deserve. It is not uncommon for the insurance company to receive a severance payment five to ten times greater with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring, tireless, and experienced lawyers at Tario & Associates, PS in Bellingham, WA for a FREE consultation! We have represented residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, and the surrounding area since 1979. You pay nothing in advance and no legal fees unless we claim damages for you!