Florida motorcyclists should be aware of important statistics regarding crashes involving their mode of transportation. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,976 people died around the country as a result of motorcycle crashes in 2015. The figure represents an 8.3 percent increase from the 2014 count of 4,594.
Motorcycle crashes injured 88,000 people in 2015, a 4.3 percent drop from 92,000 in 2014. Also in 2015, people who operated motorcycles were 29 times more likely to perish in a crash per vehicle mile traveled than individuals who occupied a passenger vehicle. It was also five times more probable that they could be injured.
The Federal Highway Administration reported that there were 8.6 million motorcycles on the road for private or commercial use in 2015. The NHTSA stated that the fatality rate per each registered motorcycle for motorcyclists was six times the rate for passenger vehicle occupants. Forty percent of the people who died in motorcycle crashes that year were not wearing a helmet.
Older motorcyclists, defined as those who were at least 40 years of age, accounted for 54 percent of motorcycle fatalities in 2015, compared to 47 percent in 2005, according to the NHTSA. Motorcycle fatalities in the same age group rose by 17 percent from 2006 to 2015. The NHTSA also states that the median age of motorcycle crash fatalities was 42 in 2015, while it was 39 in 2006. The older riders also tended to sustain more serious injuries than younger ones.
Individuals who are injured in motorcycle accidents may want to speak with an attorney about their legal options. Compensation for medical expenses and other losses could be sought if the accident was caused by the negligence of the driver of another vehicle.