When you look at the rate of motorcycle accidents and fatalities in the United States in relation to the rate at which they are driven, the rate of these accidents and fatalities is terrifying. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2009 that 13% of all roadway accidents involve motorcyclists. According to the U.S. Census, 4,462 motorcyclist fatalities occurred out of 33,808 motorist deaths in 2009, which amounts to over 13% of all motorist fatalities for that year.

Although motorcycle registrations grew 63% between 1997 and 2005, motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled. While these numbers are troubling, they are not all that surprising. Motorcycles by themselves are more dangerous than passenger vehicles because they just do not offer exterior protection to their riders; they have nothing to keep motorcyclists from flying off of them, not to mention they do not come equipped with airbags. The only real protection motorcyclists have is their clothing, padding, and helmet.

Perhaps even more interesting is the 2007 NHTSA report, which found that the most common type of motorcycle accident fatality involves another vehicle, and 85% of the time, the other vehicle will be a passenger vehicle.

MotorcycleAccident.org

MotorcycleAccident.org provides the following educational resources:

  • Preventative safety precautions motorcyclists need to know and utilize, e.g. how to minimize harm to both motorcyclists and other vehicle passengers in an accident.
  • Governmental background information and statistics on motorcycle accidents in order to allow motorcyclists to understand how often accidents and fatalities occur.
  • What motorcyclists can do after an accident has occurred.
  • Helpful information put in simple terms so that motorcyclists can understand their rights and liability in the event of an accident.
  • Various organizations that provide helpful information, like safety gear, safety information, and open forum discussions on safety.
  • State-by-state helmet law information.
  • The gear motorcyclists need to minimize their injuries if an accident does occur.
  • Information on motorcycle fault laws.
  • The causes of motorcycle accidents.

Gina Williams is a guest post and article writer bringing to us information on MotorcycleAccident.org and its promotion of motorcycle safety.

Gina also writes about motorcycle accident statistics.

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