According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 5,014 motorcyclists perished in wrecks in 2019. This accounted for 14% of all motor crash deaths that year. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration reports that over 80% of motorcycle operators that end up in automotive accidents sustain injuries or die.
Motorbikes are difficult to control and lack the protective exterior offered by a car, making incidents involving them more likely to be deadly. There are some common causes of motorcyclist fatalities.
1. Not wearing a helmet
The NHTSA states that helmets are 29% and 67% effective at shielding individuals from fatal wounds and serious brain damage respectively. It also points out that head and traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of death in such occurences. Victims may pass away days or even weeks after the accident, often in their sleep. The CDC and other organizations also tout wearing protective headgear as a life-saving measure.
2. Not being visible enough
Because they are small, motorcycles might go unnoticed by other drivers, especially when they perform turns. As a result, intersection are a common site of collisions.
3. Not driving cautiously
This includes reckless actions, speeding and driving under the influence. Motorcycles by nature require more skill and coordination to operate than other vehicles. Consuming alcohol lowers the ability to drive safely. Exceeding the speed limit makes it more difficult to stop in time and makes it easier to lose control. Weaving in and out of traffic and similar behaviors are just dangerous.
Other factors like weather conditions also contribute to danger levels for motorcyclists. It is important to take proper precautions like donning the appropriate gear and displaying caution. Doing so may save lives.