The Villages Injury Attorneys Whittel & Melton Share Motorcycle Accident Statistics

July 23, 2012 Posted in Motorcycle Injury, The Villages News, Wrongful Death

motorcycle riding fastMotorcycle accidents in The Villages tend to be more disastrous than any Villages car accident. Biker accidents usually involve serious personal injuries or death and can be financially and emotionally devastating to victims and their families. Unfortunately, motorcycles offer limited protection to their riders and are less visible to other motorists than larger vehicles. Because of this, bikers are placed at an increased risk for injuries and death when accidents involving other motor vehicles occur.

Due to the tragedies that can happen as a result of riding the roadways on two wheels instead of four, it is important to be extra cautious when traveling. The Villages Motorcycle Accident Lawyers would like to share some alarming motorcycle accidents statistics that may help remind Villages residents to always err on the side of caution.

¨ The number of motorcycle accidents regularly increases every year in the United States.

¨ Motorcycle accidents are 30 times more likely to result in death than accidents involving automobiles.

¨ While motorcycles represent only 2 percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S., biker fatalities account for 5 percent of all highway deaths.

¨ Bikers under the age of 40 years old are 36 times more likely to be involved in an accident fatality when compared to other drivers who are the same age.

¨ Motorcycle riders over the age of 40 years old are nearly 20 times more likely to be involved in an accident fatality than other drivers who are the same age.

¨ Roughly 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in personal injury or death, while 20 percent of car accidents involve serious injuries or fatalities.

¨ Weather is not a factor in 98 percent of biker collisions.

¨ The majority of motorcycle accidents occur due to visibility issues – many drivers fail to notice them.

¨ A typical motorcycle accident only gives the operator 2 seconds to take the necessary action to dodge a dangerous accident.

¨ 92 percent of bikers involved in accidents never took a rider training or safety course; rather, they learned how to ride on their own or from friends. Biker safety training courses have been proven to drastically lower personal injury and wrongful death in motorcycle traffic disasters.

¨ In 73 percent of all motorcycle accidents, the operator was not using any form of eye protection, which can seriously diminish a rider’s reaction time to hazards.

¨ Despite misconceptions, wearing a helmet does not result in any major failure to hear traffic noises nor does it produce a narrow field of vision. In fact, wearing a helmet is known to save lives.

¨ When involved in a crash, riders and passengers wearing helmets sustained notably lower head and neck injuries.

The numbers above don’t lie. Statistics clearly show that riding a motorcycle can be far more dangerous than driving a car. By taking the proper safety steps, such as always wearing a helmet, having eye protection and receiving professional motorcycle safety training, the chances of biker collisions can be reduced.

The Villages Motorcycle Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton understand that not all accidents are avoidable. Should you or someone you love suffer serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, we can help. We are able to take claims involving any type of injury, including catastrophic injuries such as TBIs, spinal cord injuries and disfigurement. In the event a wrongful death occurred, we can provide your family with the legal and emotional support needed to get you through this difficult time.

If you or someone you love was seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in The Villages or throughout Lake, Marion or Sumter County, contact The Villages Motorcycle Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton online or call 352-369-5334.


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