Other drivers often put motorcyclists in extreme danger. Even if you’re riding your bike responsibly and carefully, someone cutting you off or turning left in front of you can cause a serious accident against which you have very little protection.
This lack of protection is reflected in the fatal accident statistics. It has been found in some studies that motorcyclists may pass away at 29 times the rate of those to get involved in accidents in pickup trucks or other passenger cars.
This really underscores just how much more danger you face on a motorcycle, and it’s important to remember that even a non-fatal accident can lead to life-changing injuries. A motorcyclist who gets involved in an accident but survives could still have suffered a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury or something else that is going to alter their quality of life and ability to work forever.
Why don’t we hear about it more?
If you feel like you hear about far more car accidents than motorcycle accidents, you may be surprised to find out that motorcycle fatalities are 29 times as likely. They certainly don’t seem to be 29 times as common in the local news.
The difference just comes from the relative lack of use. Researchers looked at the total number of miles traveled by each class of vehicle. They then compared how many fatalities happened per mile traveled. This is what brings the motorcycle rate up so high — since the vast majority of miles that Americans drive every year are not on motorcycles.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver or if you’ve suffered injuries, you may deserve compensation for medical bills and other costs.