When motorcycles crash into cars, devastating injuries may result. Consequences could be even more tragic when a pedestrian walking on a New York street gets hit by a high-powered one. Avoiding accidents seems much better than dealing with the aftermath of one. Perhaps reviewing motorcycle accident statistics and trends from previous years could provide insights on decreasing the chances of crashes.
2021 and motorcycle accident dangers
Accident statistics take time to review and compile, and the most detailed information about 2021 might not become available until later in 2022 and beyond. Looking at public data from 2018 may provide insights and warnings. In 2018, almost 5,000 motorcycle riders died in collisions. Most alarming, about one-third of motorcycle crashes involve a drunk driver. Even with the many decades of warnings about drunk driving, people take to their cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles impaired, with sometimes tragic consequences.
Motorcyclists and any passengers on the bike should take as many safety precautions as possible. Wearing a helmet might not eliminate the potential for a traumatic brain injury, but wearing a helmet provides protection that not wearing one doesn’t.
Injuries and motorcycle accidents
There’s a significant chance that anyone involved in a motorcycle accident may suffer more than minor injuries. Motorcycle accidents could leave victims with life-altering conditions that require substantial sums of money to address. Lost wages and medical expenses could financially devastate victims. Therefore, motorcyclists should avoid terrible decisions, such as committing gross moving violations, when traveling.
An insurance claim or lawsuit could pay for the losses when someone suffers harm due to negligence. Both approaches might be worth exploring whether the motorcyclist caused an accident or was a victim.