Motorcycle Accident Trends
Recent statistics regarding motorcycle accidents are both alarming and sobering. Although the number of fatalities resulting from motor vehicle accidents has declined somewhat, fatalities of motorcyclists have increased. Statistically, most motorcycle fatalities involve those between the ages of 20 and 29. Below are some of the recent trends in motorcycle accidents:
- Approximately one-fourth of people involved in fatal motorcycle accidents do not carry a valid license.
- More and more people are riding motorcycles, scooters, and mopeds as their means of transportation.
- Since 2001, motorcycle sales have increased by 30%.
- With the increase in sales, there has been a 50% increase in deaths involving motorcycles.
- Motorcycle drivers are approximately 35 times more likely to die in an accident than those in cars.
- Road conditions such as road debris, potholes, and puddles continue to be the main causes of motorcycle accidents. However, unsafe riding practices, such as weaving in and out of traffic, driving too close to others on the road have also become some of the top causes of motorcycle accidents.
- Although wearing a motorcycle helmet is the safest way to prevent or reduce the severity of brain-related injuries from a motorcycle accident, very few riders choose to wear helmets. In fact, less than 50% of motorcyclists wear a helmet while driving, even if they own a helmet.
While helmets save lives and reduce injuries, the failure to wear a helmet is not usually the cause of a motorcycle wreck. The negligence of the at-fault driver is the biggest contributing factor.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, consult with an experienced Colorado motorcycle injury attorney who can obtain the best compensation package to meet your current and future needs. Although our offices are located in Aurora, Colorado, our motorcycle accident attorneys handle cases throughout the state and in both Wyoming and Utah. To learn more about your rights and the most effective way to present your damages claims, contact the personal injury motorcycle lawyers of Norton, Bowers & Hofstra, P.C., at 303-400-8100 for a free consultation. You will meet with an attorney, not a paralegal or salesman. Your case will be handled by a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer and you will not be pawned off on a “case manager.” Home, evening, and weekend visits are available.