Motorcycle Accident vs. Car Accident Statistics
- September 30, 2015
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Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience for many Americans, but unfortunately, it’s not the safest activity. Because motorcycles are different from passenger vehicles, riders face more dangers on the roadways. Motorcyclists do not have the protection a car or truck offers, which means that potholes, roadkill, slick roads and debris can all be potentially dangerous situations. Many of these things cause accidents or even fatalities, especially to inexperienced riders. Read on to learn more about how motorcycles compare to cars in terms of accident statistics.
While more people are killed in car accidents, the number of motorcycle deaths based on a per-mile average is higher. In fact, motorcycles have such high performance that based on 2013 statistics, the number of motorcycle deaths per mile was 26 times higher than deaths caused by car accidents. Motorcyclists were also five times more likely to become injured. One thing that can lower these numbers is increased helmet use. While helmets can be restricting for some people, they can be lifesavers in the event of a serious accident. Helmets are 67% effective in preventing brain injuries and 37% effective in preventing deaths.
Fortunately, motorcycle accident fatalities are decreasing. There were 4,986 deaths in 2012 and 4,668 deaths in 2013. More than 90% of deaths involved males. In the past, most deaths occurred in riders under age 29. Today, most deaths involve riders older than age 50. In addition, most deaths occur between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekends.
In 2013, there also was a drop in injuries, from 93,000 to 88,000. This is despite the fact that there are now more motorcycles on the roadways. There were 8 million in 2009 and in 2013, that number jumped to 8.4 million.
The risk of dying in a car crash is lower, but the incidence is higher. In 2013, 32,719 Americans died in car accidents. The average was just 1.11 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. The District of Columbia had the lowest death rate, at 3.1 per 100,000 people. Montana had the highest death rate, at 22.6 per 100,000 people. Most of these deaths were caused by single-vehicle accidents. In addition, most deaths occurred in rural areas. The top three states for fatalities were Texas (3,382), California (3,000) and Florida (2,407). The District of Columbia had only 20, followed by Alaska (51) and Rhode Island (65).