Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Trust our motorcycle accident lawyers in eastern Tennessee
Motorcycle use is on the rise. With rising gas prices, some people are taking to motorcycles to save money. Some people are purchasing motorcycles because they want to enjoy the open road. It’s not just young folks in their 20s who are riding. The biggest increase in motorcycle use has been among those over 40. As motorcycle use increases in popularity so do the risk of serious motorcycle accident injuries. Motorcycle riders are 300 percent more likely to sustain an injury than an occupant of a car involved in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In many cases, the insurance company may try to argue the motorcycle operator somehow was at fault, even though research has found that the motorcyclist is not to blame for most crashes. In fact, studies show that an automobile driver’s failure to see the motorcycle in traffic is one of the top causes of motorcycle accidents.
Facts about motorcycle accidents
Consider these other alarming facts about motorcycle accidents:
- Motorcyclists are about 37 times more likely than occupants of passenger cars to die in an accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- 146 people were killed in Tennessee and about 5,290 people died nationwide in motorcycle accidents in 2008 (source: NHTSA)
- The motorcycle fatality rate in Tennessee rose from 42 in 1998 to 146 in 2008
- About 148,000 motorcyclists have perished in crashes since 1966 (source: NHTSA)
- In 2008, there were 96,000 people injured in motorcycle accidents nationwide.
Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer in the Tri-Cities area
If you or a loved one was injured in an eastern Tennessee motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Rely on a tough-minded motorcycle accident lawyer in Johnson City. Contact Meade Law Group for a free consultation.
Call (423) 464-7779 or reach us online today. A delay may affect your right to compensation.