In a news release , the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported their data for national motorcycle fatalities.
According to the IIHS, almost half of all motorcycle driver deaths do not involve another vehicle. This fact has largely remained unchanged over the time the data has been recorded. Many of these motorcycle fatalities can be attributed to excessive speeding and alcohol use. In 2009, 48 percent of the 1,791 motorcyclists killed in single-vehicle fatal crashes were speeding. In the same year, 42 percent of motorcycle drivers killed in single-vehicle accidents had blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.
In the IIHS study of fatal motorcycle crashes, the majority of fatal multiple-vehicle accidents were head-on, involved one vehicle running a traffic sign or involved one vehicle turning left in front of the other. In the head-on collisions, the driver of the passenger vehicle, not the motorcyclist, was more likely to have run the traffic light or turned in front of the motorcycle. Motorcycles, on the other hand, were more often speeding or not in the proper traffic lane.
Fatalities among motorcyclists and their passengers in 2009 were more than double that of 1997.
As a Charleston car accident lawyer , I feel it important that this information is important to know so that drivers can properly adjust for common mistakes. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you feel was the result of another’s negligent actions, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your area to learn more about your legal options.