According to a leading Business Case Studies Blog, 4976 persons died in assorted motorcycle accidents in the United States in 2015. In just the previous year to that statistic, it was found that motorcyclists were far more likely to become fatalities in a vehicular accident. Motorcyclists were nearly 30 times more likely to die in accidents than passengers in a typical automobile or passenger truck. One fact making such statistics particularly frightening is the number of states with either lax or non-existent motorcycle helmet laws. Only 19 states and the District of Columbia require helmets be worn by all cyclists and passengers, at all ages. More than half the states mandate helmet usage only for subsets of the motorcycle riding population, typically for those under age 18, while three states – Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire – still have no helmet laws on their books.
By statistical breakdown, it has been found that the likeliest situation for a motorcycle accident involved short-trips such as shopping forays, visits to nearby friends in town, or the running of simple errands. Also, such accidents were mostly common at the outset of a motorcycle trip. The cyclists involved in the greatest percentage of accidents are those with little to no training. Either they were self-taught cyclists, or they learned riding from family or friends instead of undergoing formal riding lessons from a professional instructor. This lack of proper training compounds what should be a perfectly avoidable hazard situation. Inevitably, these cyclists involved in accidents had no operator’s license or ones that was suspended or revoked. Worse still is the fact that at least 10% of riders suffering an accident were completely lacking in insurance of any kind to cover hospitalization, liability and property damage.
Finally, half of all accidents involving a single motorcycle are caused by drunk cyclists or careless cyclists exceeding the speed limits to an unsafe degree. This maximizes the potential hazard condition considering the impatience of such unsafe riders. These are the ones not paying attention to road hazards or most likely were lane-splitting. Lane-splitting is the practice of weaving between slow-moving cars in a packed highway setting. These persons are most often confronted with a sudden cutoff in their path. All these factors combine to exacerbate an already bad situation on the roadways involving cyclists into a real nightmare.