Motorcycle Fatalities on the Increase

In 2006, 4,810 motorcycle riders died in accidents in America. That represented a 127% increase from 1997. While motorcycles make up less than 2% of all vehicles and even fewer vehicle miles in America, riders account for over 9% of accident fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration. Based on vehicle miles traveled, motorcycle riders are 21 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than car passengers and four times more likely to be hurt. Motorcycle riders over 40 have been seeing the largest increase in fatalities. In 2003, that increase was 16%.

In 2003, the NHTSA reported that 36 percent of motorcycle riders in fatal crashes were speeding, about twice the rate for passenger cars or light trucks. Alcohol use was 40% higher for motorcyclists than car drivers.

Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives

Motorcycle helmets have been shown to save lives, and helmet laws do increase helmet use. When a state repeals helmet laws, some riders stop wearing them.  In 2006, 65% of motorcycle traffic death victims did not wear a helmet in those states that did not have helmet requirements for all riders. However, in states with comprehensive helmet requirements, it was only 13%. From 2000 to 2002, helmet use dropped from 71% to 58%.

Twenty states and the District of Columbia require helmets for all riders. Another 27 states require helmets for some riders. There are 3 states with no helmet requirements.

The Ormond Beach law firm of Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. understands the serious nature of truck and automobile accidents and the injuries that can result. Our firm will investigate the causes of any accident and pursue appropriate legal action.

Call a Florida car accident attorney today at 800-556-8890 for a free and confidential consultation if you have been involved in a car or truck accident.