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Not at Fault: 11 Facts about Motorcycle Accidents
Rider vs. Driver: Who’s Really at Fault?
60% not at fault
- 60% of motorcycle accidents are NOT the rider’s fault
- The amount of time a motorcyclist has to react in an accident
So Why Do Motorcyclists Get Such a Bad Rap?
- 92% of riders are self taught or learned from family, with no official training
40% alcohol related
- 40% of fatal motorcycle accidents are related to riding while intoxicated
31% unlicensed or using the wrong license
- Nearly one in three motorcycle fatalities involve a rider with a suspended license or with no motorcycle license.That was 1,495 deaths in 2017, or 4 per day.
34-42% are single-vehicle accidents
- When riders swerve to avoid a collision, officers at the scene have a hard time pointing at who is at fault or what happened.
Where & When Are Riders in the Most Danger?
58% in the City
- 58% of fatal accidents occur in urban areas. 38% of fatal accidents are in rural areas.
35% Non-Interstate Major Roads
- Watch out for all the starts and stops, lane changes, and intersections. Riders are 3.5% more likely to get in a fatal accident on city streets than on the interstate, and 2.5 times more likely to get in a fatal accident on city streets than on minor roads.
40x higher risk in intersections
- As drivers make left turns, U-turns, or are looking in another direction, riders are at risk
3:00 pm Friday – 9:00 pm Sunday
- More accidents happen from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday than any time during the rest of the week.
Does Wearing a Helmet Actually Make a Difference?
59% vs. 8%
- 59% of fatal accidents in states WITHOUT universal helmet laws were crashes with no helmets. In states WITH universal helmet laws, 8% of fatal accidents had no helmets.