Motorcycle Statistics

Motorcycle Statistics of Accidents – Serving All of California
Motorcycle Statistics
Riding a motorcycle can be a risky proposition, as you are exposed and vulnerable when on the road. If you are a motorcyclist, or are considering getting your motorcycle license, you should be mindful of these risks so that you can take appropriate precautions to ensure your safety. However, while understanding the risk that you face is crucial to avoiding injury, it is also important that riders are aware of their legal rights. Being cognizant of these facts can help in the event of an accident, as knowing your rights will help you assert them. Forfeiting your rights after an accident, or falsely taking responsibility, can jeopardize your chances of recovering just and fair compensation for injuries sustained.

  • Because of the lack of physical protection offered on a motorcycle, the injury sustained will often be serious and sometimes fatal
  • Failure of motorists to detect motorcycles in traffic is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents
  • One out of five motorcycle crashes results in head or neck injuries
  • Helmets reduce the number and severity of head injuries by 50%
  • Helmeted motorcyclists are three times more likely to survive head injuries than those not wearing helmets
  • Most motorcycle accidents are caused at speeds lower than 30 miles per hour
  • Motorcyclists represent 1% of traffic but account for 19% of motor vehicle deaths and serious injuries
  • Most crashes happen on short trips (less than 5 miles long), just a few minutes after starting out
  • Motorcyclists are about 32 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash and 6 times more likely to be injured

What if the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet or other safety gear, but was not at fault?


A motorcyclist can still be compensated for their injuries, even if he or she was not wearing a helmet. Even in states where helmet use is mandatory, motorcyclists can still recover damages if they were not at fault for the accident. However, helmets are recommended in every state and the other driver’s insurance company will likely argue that some of your injuries were caused more by you not wearing a helmet, than by the accident itself. If this argument is successful, it can decrease the amount of money you are awarded as compensation for medical treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Susan Handel is an experienced motorcycle accident attorney and will know how to combat these arguments and defend you aggressively against the unfair accusations of the other driver’s insurance company.

What should you do if an insurance representative contacts you after your motorcycle accident?


After a motorcycle accident, victims may be contacted by the other driver’s insurance representatives. Insurance companies are in danger of losing massive amounts of money as a result of these accidents, and will vigorously work to protect their financial interests. Therefore, it is important that you contact an attorney before speaking with the insurance company. Motorcycle accident attorney Susan Handel can advise you of your rights and work to ensure that any financial settlement with an insurance company is superior and fair.