Motorcycle accident fatalities

In summary, there is approximately a third of motorcyclists who are killed in traffic accidents that could be excluded from being killed by other drivers. It is difficult to determine fault in these accidents. There is a bumper sticker that reads "Kill a biker, go to jail," but the reality is more complex and the blame may not always lie with the other driver. The death of a motorcyclist in an accident may only apply to a small percentage of fatalities involving another vehicle.
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How many motorcyclists kill themselves in traffic accidents, compared to those killed by other drivers?
 
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Loren Booda said:
How many motorcyclists kill themselves in traffic accidents, compared to those killed by other drivers?

How do you define the difference?
 
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With or without helmets?

Do they have statistics on who was to blame? Driver fault?
 
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DaveC426913 said:
How do you define the difference?

I think he might mean by their fault as opposed to another drivers fault. Interesting question. I daresay 'own fault' is probably higher than one would think.

I lost an 18 year old nephew to 'own fault'. The consequences to his family, particularly his mother, were severe and very long term.
 
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alt said:
I think he might mean by their fault as opposed to another drivers fault.
Indeed. A very tricky thing to determine.


Borg said:
Approximately two thirds of motorcycle accidents involve a car. So, at least a third of motorcyclists could be excluded from being killed by other drivers.
True. Though not sure whether it illuminates or obfuscates the issue.

What percentage of car accidents involve another car? More or less than 2/3rds?
 
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I had been thinking of the bumper sticker that to exhorts to pursue those who "kill" motorcyclists.
 
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Loren Booda said:
I had been thinking of the bumper sticker that to exhorts to pursue those who "kill" motorcyclists.

Really? There is such a bumper sticker?
 
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"Kill a biker, go to jail." It's just not that simple, and the death may apply to a relatively small minority of fatalities involving another vehicle.
 

What are the main factors that contribute to motorcycle accident fatalities?

The main factors that contribute to motorcycle accident fatalities include speeding, alcohol and drug use, lack of protective gear, road hazards, and inexperience.

Are motorcycle accident fatalities on the rise or decline?

Unfortunately, motorcycle accident fatalities have been on the rise in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019, there were 5,014 motorcycle fatalities in the United States, representing a 5% increase from the previous year.

What can be done to prevent motorcycle accident fatalities?

There are several steps that can be taken to prevent motorcycle accident fatalities, including wearing proper protective gear, following traffic laws and speed limits, avoiding alcohol and drug use while riding, and taking a motorcycle safety course. Additionally, improving road infrastructure and increasing awareness and education about motorcycle safety can also help reduce fatalities.

Which age group is most at risk for motorcycle accident fatalities?

According to the NHTSA, riders aged 20-29 have the highest rate of motorcycle fatalities, followed by those aged 50-59. This is likely due to a combination of factors such as inexperience, risk-taking behavior, and declining physical abilities.

What are the most common types of injuries in motorcycle accidents?

The most common types of injuries in motorcycle accidents include head injuries, fractures, and road rash. These injuries can range from minor to severe and can have long-lasting physical and psychological effects on the rider. Wearing a helmet and other protective gear can greatly reduce the risk of these injuries.

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