Bikers are 27 times more likely to die when involved in a crash.
According to this data from Louisiana State University for 2019:
- There were 1,692 motorcycle crashes in 2019.
- There were 1,176 people injured or killed in crashes involving motorcycles.
- Nearly one-third of fatal motorcycle wrecks involved alcohol.
- Approximately 85% of motorcycle riders involved in crashes were wearing helmets.
Although many riders are wearing protective gear, we still have a long way to go to make our state safer for motorcyclists and reduce the number of fatal motorcycle crashes.
Anytime a person gets into a car, truck, or SUV, they face risks. We all place our trust in other motorists to drive responsibly and not endanger us or our passengers. For motorcyclists, this leap of faith is even greater;
Every time a motorcyclist gets on their bike, they are trusting their fellow drivers to respect their lives and safely share the road with them. They don’t have the protection that someone in a 4,000-pound vehicle has, so it’s especially important for drivers to be aware of how they drive around motorcycle riders.
To help motorcyclists understand where the greatest dangers on the road come from, and to help drivers understand how they can do their part to make Louisiana roads safe for motorcyclists, we’ve put together this infographic to illustrate the top causes of motorcycle crashes.
What We Know About the Causes of Motorcycle Wrecks
In 1981, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commissioned the Hurt Report, an in-depth study on the causes of motorcycle accidents. Though it is nearly four decades old, the research still provides valuable lessons about the causes of motorcycle wrecks.
The Hurt Report concluded that:
- One of the leading causes of collisions involving motorcycles is the failure of other drivers to observe the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
- Very few motorcycle accidents are caused by bad weather, but rather by human error.
- Inattention is a common factor in motorcycle accidents.
The Lake Charles motorcycle accident attorneys at Broussard & Hart know how to win motorcycle cases and prove who really caused the crash. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle wreck, give us a call.