The Canadian Medical Association Journal has released a new analysis of motor vehicle accidents that makes it clear how dangerous it is out on the road for motorcyclists compared to drivers of conventional automobiles. Even though the data is from Canada, the results are likely very comparable to the roads here in the United States. In any case, the information is very interesting.
According to the report, there were triple the number of injuries in accidents involving motorcycles when compared to cars (based on injuries each year per 100,000 vehicles registered). Motorcyclists also suffered more “severe” injuries than those who were in cars, and their injuries were more likely to lead to a hospital visit than for those who suffered injuries in a car.
In addition to these numbers, motorcycle accidents are more deadly than auto accidents, and the cost of injuries in motorcycle accidents are nearly double the cost of injuries suffered in a car accident.
The analysis looked at hundreds of thousands of accidents from the years 2007 to 2013. What is clear from all this data is that, across the board and in every way, motorcycle accidents are more deadly, more costly, and more dangerous than accidents for other vehicles.
It is for these reasons that people who have suffered greatly in a motorcycle accident need to consult with an attorney to ensure their case proceeds in an efficient and fair manner. Too much is at stake in these cases.
Source: Stat, “Motorcycle crashes are alarmingly common — and incredibly costly,” Megan Thielking, Nov. 20, 2017