Motorcyclists tend to focus on the fun and enjoyment of riding. Even those who use their bike for a very conventional purpose, such as their commute, still likely made that purchase because they enjoy riding. It’s something of a hobby to them, and that’s why they want to do it every chance they have available to them. This mindset is great, but it’s important to also consider the realistic dangers that you face if you choose to ride. For example, motorcyclists are at far greater risk than those in passenger cars and other larger vehicles.
In fact, according to one study, motorcyclists are four times as likely to suffer injuries in a crash. This doesn’t mean that they are crashing four times as often. This is the rate at which injuries occur per mile driven when compared to that same rate as applied to operators of passenger vehicles.
This issue illustrates just how exposed motorcyclists are. Their best option is to work hard to avoid a crash and to be a defensive rider. If they do get involved in an accident, even if someone else caused it, they are far more likely to be injured than that other driver.
24 more times likely to pass away
Where the statistics really become dire is when fatality rates are a matter of scrutiny. Motorcyclists have a fatality rate that is 24 times as high as those in passenger cars. The reason for this is that auto technology has really progressed over the years. Modern cars do quite a lot to reduce the severity of injuries and keep people alive. The vast majority of accidents only involve injuries, but no one passes away.
Unfortunately, motorcycles simply do not have all of the same safety systems. They don’t have seatbelts, crumple zones, airbags, etc. Even if motorcyclists crashed less often than drivers in passenger cars, their fatality rate would still be higher because they are so vulnerable and exposed when traveling.
What options do you have?
Have you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident or suffered from serious injuries yourself? If so, it’s very important to know how you can pursue financial compensation from the driver who was responsible. Seeking legal guidance is a good way to get started.