Riding a motorcycle may be economical and perhaps a lot of fun. But it is common knowledge – and common sense – that riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than riding in a car. However, most people don’t realize just HOW dangerous it is. You are 26 times more likely to die in a motorcycle crash than a car crash, even if you are a skilled and cautious motorcyclist.
The easiest way to protect yourself while riding is to wear a helmet as required by Washington State law. Helmets are 37% effective in preventing death and 67% effective in preventing brain injury.
Motorcycle deaths accounted for 13% of all vehicle fatalities in the U.S. in 2013, which is double what it was in 1997. Disturbingly, 26% of motorcycle riders killed in crashes are unlicensed, as compared with 15% of car drivers, and therefore may lack the proper training required to be granted a motorcycle license.
While it comparatively dangerous to ride a motorcycle in the first place, it is even more dangerous if the rider is intoxicated. The rider was legally too drunk to drive in 55% of fatal motorcycle crashes that occurred at night in 2013. Fully half of fatal motorcycle crashes occur on weekends, which may be correlated to the fact that alcohol consumption increases on weekends.
We here at Fuller & Fuller have dealt with many cases involving riders who were not at fault for their motorcycle accidents, but still suffered serious injuries and occasionally death. Even if you are a cautious, experienced motorcyclist, it is crucial that you take proper precautions to protect yourself and your passengers on the road as much as possible. If you have been injured through the carelessness of another driver, please contact Fuller & Fuller – we know being injured is stressful, and we would be happy to take some of the worry off your hands.