How dangerous are motorcycles?

There are those who don’t ride motorcycles because they consider them to be too dangerous and too big of a risk. There are others who believe that they’re safe as long as riders have the right protective equipment. For example, they will buy a leather suit to wear and a certified helmet to protect them in the event of a crash.

It is true that having the right equipment can make motorcycling safer, and that’s why it’s important for motorcyclists to know exactly what gear to purchase. But there is still an inherent level of risk that you are simply compelled to accept any time that you ride a motorcycle.

Odds of a fatality

For example, consider the odds of a fatality in a motorcycle accident. When compared to the odds of fatal injuries in a car accident, motorcycle crashes have odds that are 30 times as high. Even if the risk level was just twice as high, that would double the odds that you would pass away in a motorcycle crash compared to a car crash. But the reality extends far beyond that.

Broader injury and death rates

Another thing to consider is the broader “injury or death” rate for motorcycle accidents. With car accidents, this rate is about 20%. Most of the time, people who get into car accidents don’t suffer injuries, much less pass away. However, with motorcycles, the exact opposite is true. The injury or death rate for these collisions is about 80%. The majority of motorcyclists are going to be hurt if they ever get into an accident, and many of them are going to pass away from those injuries.

This is especially problematic because many of the accidents are not caused by the motorcyclists themselves. They happen when other drivers make mistakes, such as turning left in front of a motorcycle. But it is still a motorcyclist who is facing this 80% injury or death rate, not the person in a car.

Seeking proper compensation

Have you been injured in a motorcycle crash or have you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence? If so, it’s very important for you to know how to seek proper financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other losses. Do not hesitate to seek legal guidance if you have not already done so.