Riding a motorcycle seems freeing, exciting and economically responsible. Some people ride their bikes to commute, others use theirs for fun. Many mix the two practices together. Regardless of the reason the ride, motorcyclists love their bikes and generally feel safe and comfortable due to their experience.
This is a problem, though, as studies have shown that there is actually an elevated danger that comes with riding a bike. The odds of being in a fatal crash are disproportionately high when compared to the same odds if you’re driving a car.
What the statistics tell us about motorcycle accidents
To see how dangerous riding really can be, you just need to consider the statistics. For instance, in 2019, motorcyclists had a fatality rate of 25.47 for every 100 million miles traveled. For a car, the fatality rate was a mere 1.11 for every 100 million miles traveled
Overall, motorcycle fatalities are dwarfed by other auto accidents. More than 35,000 people die annually in accidents, and most are in cars. Motorcycles are never going to reach that level.
The reason isn’t that riding is safe or that fatal crashes are uncommon, though. It’s just the very few people ride motorcycles, and even those who do will not put on nearly as many miles as someone in a car. Riding that bike is actually far more dangerous, despite lower fatality totals.
Have you been injured or lost a loved one?
If you have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, you deserve to know what options you have to seek compensation. Working with an attorney can make the process easier and better protect your rights.