In order to decrease the number of fatal motorcycle crashes, it is paramount for motorcyclists and those operating any type of vehicle to understand the prevalence of fatal motorcycle collisions and take steps to avoid accidents on the road. Moreover, while many motorcyclists lose their lives in collisions each year, even more sustain serious injuries that turn their lives upside down.
On the road, motorcyclists are very vulnerable and when they collide with a much larger vehicle, a tragic outcome is possible (especially if high speeds are involved). In order to prevent the loss of additional lives, drivers need to pay attention and watch out for motorcyclists.
Looking at fatal motorcycle crash statistics
In 2018, 4,985 motorcyclists passed away in fatal accidents, according to data published by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Fortunately, this represents a modest decline in comparison to 2015, 2016 and 2017, when more than 5,000 motorcyclists lost their lives each year. However, this figure is still higher than in previous years, such as 2014 (when 4,594 motorcyclists died in accidents). In 2000, 2,897 motorcyclists died in crashes.
Looking at the consequences of a deadly motorcycle collision
Motorcyclists who pass away in accidents often leave their loved ones with serious challenges. Funeral costs, adjusting to life without a loved one’s income and permanent emotional pain are some of the hardships that people have to endure following a fatal motorcycle collision. When these accidents are the result of a negligent driver, such as someone who drives drunk, goes over the speed limit or fails to pay attention to signs, they cannot get away with their actions.