Some motorcyclists in Orange County may be acutely aware of the statistics involving severe motorcycle accidents. Other riders, however, may prefer to not think about these numbers that convey the dangers associated with motorcycles. Regardless of whether they are aware of the data or not, all riders should strive to be as safe as possible when on their motorcycles.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents has been fluctuating during the past 30 years. Between the early 1980s and late 1990s, motorcycle accidents declined in numbers. But, in 1998 the number of accidents began increasing and continued to climb through 2008. More recently, in 2013, the number of fatal accidents dropped seven percent from the prior year, to a total of 4,381.
Among the more eye-popping pieces of motorcycle accident data is the percentage of males that are involved in fatal accidents. In 2013, a staggering 91 percent of all fatal motorcycle accident victims were male. Moreover, of the females that died in motorcycle accidents in 2013, 61 percent were passengers. This means that males are involved in the vast majority of deadly motorcycle accidents.
Of course, just because males are involved in such a high percentage of motorcycle accidents does not mean that they are always to blame. Many fatal motorcycle crashes are the result of a negligent driver in another vehicle.
Careless driving does not single out victims from any specific age group, ethnicity or gender. The wrongful death of a motorcyclist at the hands of another driver is always a tragic result, no matter the rider's gender. Motorcyclists, their passengers and drivers in all other motor vehicles should each do their part to reduce the number of deadly crashes.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, "Motorcycles," Accessed on Feb. 16, 2015