NHTSA Report: Motorcycle Crash Data Shows Amazing Risks
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) produced a report that detailed motorcycle accident data. It revealed some incredible figures, including just how much greater a chance motorcyclists have at getting hurt or killed in an accident than someone who is in a car.
On the surface, this seems obvious. Cars are protected by a massive metal frame and a bunch of safety features. People are still hurt or killed in car accidents even with these safety measures in place, but the chances of that happening are far less when compared to a motorcyclist -- who has nothing but the clothes on his or her back and a helmet to protect them.
The NHTSA report concluded that even in spite of the falling injury and death figures for motorcycle accidents in 2013 (when compared to 2012), the risk motorcyclists face is immense. Compared to car occupants per vehicle mile driven, a motorcyclist is five times more likely to suffer an injury in a wreck, and a staggering 26 times more likely to die in a wreck.
There are a lot of motorcycles in New York City and the state of New York as well. Many people prefer traveling on a motorcycle. There's an obvious risk there, but that shouldn't mean that if they get into an accident, they are somehow less deserving of justice.
Victims of motorcycle accidents should at least consider a civil lawsuit in the wake of their accident if they were injured in a wreck that involved a negligent or reckless driver.
If you or a loved one have been injured and have questions about your legal options, contact Raphaelson & Levine today. Our personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of New Yorkers understand their next steps following a serious injury.
Andrew J. Levine is a partner at Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, in New York, NY. A graduate of Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. For 15 years he has been widely trusted and respected as a formidable attorney but acknowledged as a reasonable and ethical collaborator who impresses clients, judges and jurors alike. Andrew has been featured in New York Magazine as one of New York’s “Top Personal Injury Litigators” and recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York.”