There is mixed news coming from the Insurance Information Institute regarding motorcycle accidents. The latest report, which is from this month, shows that the motorcycle accident fatality rate is on a downward trend. The latest data reviewed was from 2014, which showed a 2.3 percent reduction in the number of fatalities in these crashes when compared to the numbers from 2013.
An interesting point of fact when you look at the motorcycle fatalities reported is that the rate of bikers killed who didn’t have a helmet on went down 2 percent. In 2013, 41 percent of bikers killed weren’t wearing a helmet. In 2013, 39 percent didn’t wear any head protection during their fatal crash.
The age of the biker also mattered when it came to the fatalities reported. Older bikers,or those who were 40 and older, accounted for 54 percent of the bikers killed in 2014. That was an increase from the statistics a decade prior, that showed 47 percent of fatalities were older bikers. Older riders were also more likely to suffer more injuries than younger riders.
Even though the number of fatalities went down, the number of people injured in motorcycle accidents went up during that same period. An increase of 4.5 percent was noted when the two years were compared.
Safety must be made a top priority when you are riding a motorcycle or driving a vehicle around motorcycles. People who have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash and those who are injured in motorcycle accidents can take action against the motorists that caused their accidents by filing claims for compensation in civil court.
Source: Insurance Information Institute, “Motorcycle Crashes,” accessed Aug. 19, 2016