Motorcycle Rider Accident Statistics

Updated On: June 5, 2023

Equilibrium and centrifugal force. Gravity and torque. Inertia and friction. The laws of physics test motorcyclists. So can the unforgiving hard surface of the road and other vehicles in the event of a crash. 

The Dangers of Motorcycling  

Most motorcyclists are aware that the machine that gives them so much joy could become a source of grief for loved ones if they’re not careful. Motorcycle accidents aren’t uncommon. And they’re uniquely dangerous, too. And yet motorcycles are increasingly popular. Since 2002, the number of on-road motorcycles registered in the United States has doubled, to 8.6 million in 2021, except for a COVID-related dip in 2020.  


In New York, the number of registered motorcycle riders has increased surely and steadily over the past couple of decades, rising from just under 250,000 in 2002 to over 360,000 in 2021. Whether running an errand or just exploring, motorcyclists love the freedom they feel while riding. 


So, what are some steps that can be taken to help motorcyclists stay safe? And what do other motorists need to know to responsibly share the road with them? 

Motorcycle Accident Rates 

Motorcycles are less stable than automobiles and often less visible.  


According to researchers, many motor vehicle collisions happen when drivers look right at the motorcyclist and then turn in front of them. New York motorists have a duty to see what is there to be seen, regardless of whether it is a motorcycle or four-door sedan.  


Motorcycle operators also are exposed to the weather and more susceptible to loss of control caused by poor road conditions. And, if overwhelmed by circumstances beyond their control, they’re much more at the mercy of their surroundings than are drivers of cars, trucks, or SUVs. 


So it is that motorcycle riders are overrepresented in U.S. traffic-related deaths. 

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents? 

Most of the factors that cause other vehicle accidents can also cause motorcycle accidents. However, motorcyclists can be at an increased risk because they don’t necessarily have the same protective measures other motorists have. 

  • Vehicle turning across traffic: A car turning left across traffic can cause a motorcycle accident.  
  • Poor visibility of motorcyclists: An accident might occur if a driver fails to detect an approaching rider before changing lanes and abruptly enters the biker’s path. 
  • Reckless driving: Someone driving recklessly might speed, tailgate, or make abrupt, un-signaled lane changes, any of which can endanger a motorcyclist. 
  • Weather conditions: Motorcycle operators are vulnerable to harsh weather, especially that which causes wet, snowy, or icy roads. 

How Can Motorcycle Riders Get Help After an Accident? 

The health and wellbeing of an injured motorcyclist is the most important thing after an accident. For this reason, seeking medical attention immediately after an accident should be a priority. Not all injuries may be immediately apparent. Some injuries can have a delayed onset.  


If the motorcyclist incurs significant medical bills or lost wages, and experiences pain and suffering, a personal-injury claim can be explored. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help the injured motorcyclist obtain maximum compensation. 

Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident? Call William Mattar  

If you’d like more assistance, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at William Mattar, P.C., at 844-444-4444, or by completing our online form requesting a free initial consultation. Our attorneys are happy to review your case to see if we can help. 

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