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Is riding a motorcycle or riding in a car more dangerous?

Is riding a motorcycle or riding in a car more dangerous?

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Is riding a motorcycle or riding in a car more dangerous?

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This is probably an easier question to answer for Mobile, Alabama, bike riders than drivers. Motorcyclists are acutely aware of the dangers on Alabama roads, particularly problems caused by drivers guilty of motorcycle unawareness. Statistics bear out riders’ concerns.

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Fatality rate higher for motorcyclists

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported the probability of dying in a traffic accident in 2013 was about 26 times greater for motorcyclists than anyone occupying a passenger car. From another perspective, nine of every 100,000 passenger cars were involved in a fatality, but for motorcycles, the rate was 56 deadly crashes for every 100,000 registered bikes. The number of motorcyclists who died totaled 4,668.

Another 88,000 riders were injured. The injury rate for motorcyclists was five times greater in 2013 than for occupants of passenger cars. As shocking as these statistics may be, the number of motorcycle injuries and deaths was down significantly compared to the previous year.

The NHTSA estimated there were approximately 8.4 million motorcycles in operation in 2013. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to the number of larger vehicles, but 14 percent of all fatal accident victims were motorcyclists. Ninety-four percent of motorcyclists killed in crashes were bike operators.

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Motorcycle Accident Attorney

The majority of motorcyclists who died were not young and reckless. Over half of all deaths involved riders, age 40 or older. Federal transportation officials have seen a marked increase in deaths among older riders. Between 2004 and 2013, the fatality rate for the older group swelled 39 percent.

Alcohol was detected in the systems of 35 percent of all motorcyclists killed in 2013 accidents, with blood alcohol content levels at or above 0.08 percent – the state intoxication limit — for 28 percent of the victims. BAC readings were positive for 73 percent of the fatally-injured riders between ages 35 and 49.

A motorcycle accident attorney can help victims and survivors recover compensation for damages caused by negligent drivers.

Source: Insurance Information Institute, “Motorcycle Crashes,” accessed Aug. 21, 2015

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