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Motorcycle accident statistics

December 31, 2009

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the overall number of people injured in motor vehicle accidents has declined over the past 10 years, the number of motorcyclists injured in crashes has increased. In fact, the number of motorcyclists injured in traffic accidents has increased 110% from 1998 to 2007.

In 2007, 103,000 motorcyclists were injured in motor vehicle crashes, which is a dramatic increase from the 49,000 injured in 1998. Of those injured, 48% were in single-vehicle accidents and 52% were in multi-vehicle accidents.

Ninety percent of the injured victims of motorcycle crashes are the riders themselves. Only 10% are passengers.

The vast majority (85%) of all motorcyclists injured in accidents are male, and the age group with the largest number of injured motorcyclists is the 20 to 29 age group.

The NHTSA data shows that most accidents happen during the daytime, and more accidents occur on weekends than on weekdays. More than two-thirds of the motorcyclists were injured in crashes that took place during the months of April through September.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Texas personal injury lawyers of Fears | Nachawati today for free legal advice. Simply email us or phone us on our toll free number at 1.866.705.7584.


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