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Increase in Springtime Motorcycle Accidents

April 16, 2019 Hastings and Hastings

With the weather in Phoenix getting warmer, more people are getting back on their motorcycles and hitting the road. Unfortunately, this uptick in motorcycle riders also means there are bound to be more motorcycle accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

The Correlation Between Age and Motorcycle Accidents

Even though the NHTSA only covers motorcycle accidents that are fatal, their study did reveal that the majority of motorcycle riders are highly likely to be 30 years old or younger. However, this is trend is changing.

In 2007, the same organization discovered that approximately 30.5 percent of all motorcycle related fatalities involved at least one person under 30 years old, which was more than any other age groups. Then in 2016, motorcycle riders who were over the age of 50 became much more likely to die due to a motorcycle crash. In fact, this age group accounted for approximately 36.7 percent of all fatalities, and riders under the age of 30 only accounted for 28.1 percent.

Up to 38 percent of Motorcycle Accidents Occur at Night

Even thought many motorcycle riders only get on the road during the day, there are numerous crashes that occur at night. In fact, the III found that 38 percent of all motorcycle accidents that resulted in a fatality or injury to someone involved in the year 2015 occurred between the hours of 6 PM and 6 AM.

Leg Injuries and Motorcycle Crashes

The most common injury a motorcycle rider is likely to suffer is a leg injury. That’s likely no surprise to most riders, as they understand that due to the lack of protection for their lower body, the possibility of direct impact is high. What may surprise some riders is the associated costs with this type of injury. In fact, according to findings from the NHTSA, the median hospital bill for a motorcyclist with a single injury to their lower extremities was over $20,000.

Motorcycle Crashes Featuring No Other Vehicle are Minimal

There’s a common misconception that the majority of motorcycle accidents are only going to involve the rider. This is the belief that all motorcyclists are daredevils that cause the injuries and accidents they are involved in. However, the truth of the matter is, the facts show this isn’t the case. Only about 34 percent of all accidents involve just the motorcyclists. As a result, the majority involve another vehicle.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident because of someone else on the road, then hiring an attorney is the best thing you can do, as they can help you recover the compensation you deserve. At Hastings & Hastings, we are here to help. Contact us today.