Most motorcyclists in Washington have probably put their motorcycles away for the winter by now, but they are still eagerly looking forward to spring weather and the open road. Although motorcyclists take great joy in riding, the fact is that there are some dangers on the road for motorcyclists that other drivers simply do not face. Before the next season of riding begins, it is important to learn the facts about motorcycle accidents in America.
Our readers in Washington may be surprised to learn that, according to the National Safety Council, only about 3% of registered vehicles in the country are motorcycles. That is a small number, but of the total number of traffic fatalities in America, motorcyclists were over ten times that percentage—about 14% of all traffic fatalities.
The conditions when fatal motorcycle accidents occur in America may also be a surprise to some of our readers. For example, National Safety Council statistics show that 78% of such accidents occur in good weather, and half occur during daylight. Over half involve more than one vehicle. And, perhaps not a surprise, about 60% reportedly occur in urban road settings.
There are many different factors that can lead to motorcycle accidents in America. Motorcyclists in Washington must do their best to be aware of other drivers on the roads, but sometimes, all the caution in the world isn’t enough. Distracted drivers seem to be everywhere these days, and there is also the danger of drunk or drowsy drivers. When motorcyclists are injured in vehicle collisions, they may have legal options to consider.