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Latest motorcycle traffic safety facts show slight increase in fatalities

The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that there has been a slight increase in fatality crashes involving motorcyclists in 2011. Some highlights from the report include:

  • There has been a 2% increase in fatality motorcycle accidents in 2011 – 4,612 motorcyclists died and 81,000 were injured in crashes.
  • In 2011, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all fatalities, 17% of all passenger fatalities (where the motorcycle passenger died in the crash,) and 4% of all passengers injured.
  • Motorcyclists are more than 30 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in an accident.

The injury attorneys at Brett Murphy have handled numerous motorcycle crash cases over our 40+ year history. Read more at our Motorcycle Accident Results page.

In terms of the nature of motorcycle crashes in 2011, 75% of all fatal motorcycle crashes involved a collision with the vehicle in front of the motorcycle. 6% of the fatal accidents involved the motorcycle being struck in the rear. Also, 38% of crashes between a motorcycle and another type of vehicle involved the other vehicle turning left in front of the motorcycle.

Interestingly, in 2011 NHTSA statistics show that 35% of motorcycle riders who were involved in a fatal crash were speeding. This is in comparison to 22% of passenger car drivers, 19% for light-truck drivers, and 8% for large-truck drivers. Clearly speeding is a major risk factor for motorcycle crashes.

Learn about the Brett Murphy attorneys who handle motorcycle accident cases at the Meet Our Attorneys page.

One of the most startling statistics in the report is that from 2002 to 2011, motorcyclist fatalities have increased by 41%. The study does not give data as to the causes of this disturbing rise in fatality accidents.

If you have been in a motorcycle accident and need to learn more about your rights and options, contact the Brett Murphy attorneys today by calling 1-800-925-1875 or by completing this confidential contact form.