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Motorcycle Accidents by the Numbers

Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident Attorney

When you look at various statistics for motorcycle accidents, particularly in comparison to accident statistics involving other types of motor vehicles, you can get a clear picture of just how serious these collisions can be. That is why our legal team is so committed to providing experienced legal counsel to motorcyclists who have been injured in traffic accidents. If you were injured or lost a loved one in such a collision, call a Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney at Shook & Stone to find out what you can do to pursue and recover maximum compensation.

Motorcyclists Are 30 Times More Likely to Die in Traffic Accidents than Passenger Car Occupants: Looking at Motorcycle Accident Statistics in the U.S.

An analysis of traffic accident statistics shows that motorcyclists are more likely to be injured and to lose their lives in these collisions. We have compiled statistics pertaining to motorcycle-involved accidents in Clark County, Nevada and the entire U.S. to offer insight regarding these collisions.

According to the Nevada Department of Transportation (DOT):

  • There were 44 fatal motorcycle accidents in Nevada in 2010. 30 of these occurred in Clark County.
  • There were 1,040 motorcycles involved in traffic accidents in Nevada in 2010. Of these, 172 were in accidents that caused property damage alone, 822 were involved in crashes that caused physical injuries, and 48 were involved in fatal collisions.
  • A comparison of accidents involving motorcycles and accidents involving four-door sedans shows that motorcycle accidents are more likely to cause injury and death. 79% of motorcycle accidents resulted in injuries, and 4.6% were fatal. In four-door sedan accidents, however, 37% resulted in injuries and 0.25% were fatal.
  • Of all Nevada traffic accidents in 2010, motorcycles were involved in only 1.08% of all collisions but 13.04% of fatal collisions.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Motorcyclist fatalities in the U.S. are on an upward trend, with an increase of 7.1% from 2011 to 2012. Though the overall number of traffic fatalities decreased in recent years, the number of motorcyclist fatalities increased from 4,630 in 2011 to 4,957 in 2012.
  • Motorcyclist injuries also increased, from 81,000 in 2011 to 93,000 in 2012. This represented a 15% increase.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled in 2011, motorcyclists were more than 30 times more likely to die in traffic collisions than passenger car occupants. Motorcycles accounted for a mere 0.6% of vehicle miles traveled in 2010 but 14.25% of all traffic fatalities.
  • Motorcyclists were five times more likely to be injured in traffic accidents in 2011, per vehicle mile traveled.
  • In 2011, nearly half of fatal motorcycle accidents involved crashes where the motorcycle collided with another vehicle.
  • 75% of fatal two-vehicle motorcycle accidents involved collisions where the motorcycle collided with a vehicle in front of the motorcycle. 6% involved crashes where the motorcycle was struck in the rear by another vehicle.
  • There were 40 motorcyclist fatalities in Nevada in 2011. 26% of these riders had blood alcohol concentrations of .08% or greater (above the legal limit to operate a vehicle). This percentage was slightly below the 30% national average.
  • Helmets are required for all motorcycle riders in Nevada. In 2011, 88% of motorcyclists killed in traffic collisions were wearing helmets. If all riders had been wearing helmets, two or three more lives could have been saved.

Representing Motorcyclists in Las Vegas, Nevada

Are you interested in finding out more about your rights as a motorcycle accident victim in Nevada? Our attorneys can answer your questions and offer insight that helps you get started in the right direction. For a free, confidential consultation and information about your case, contact a Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer at Shook & Stone.