The stunning risk level for motorcyclists

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2021 | Motorcycle Accidents

When you get on a motorcycle for the first time, you fully feel the inherent risk. You can tell that you’re more exposed than you would be in a car. If you crash, the odds of a serious injury seem higher.

However, many riders would be stunned to find out just how much more risk they really face. Studies have discovered that the risk of passing away from injuries suffered in an accident is 29 times greater than the risk for those in larger vehicles, such as pickup trucks or passenger cars.

Think about it like this: If someone told you that you were doubling your odds of death by riding a motorcycle, you’d be concerned. Then double it again. And again. Then once more. Then you’d be close, but you’re only at 16 times the odds of dying. You actually have to nearly double it all over again to get to the real risk.

This doesn’t mean riders are at fault

Concerningly, though, motorcyclists who try to come to grips with this level of risk also know that it’s not their own fault. On their own, a motorcyclist may have very low odds of being struck and killed because they are experienced, careful and highly skilled. They know how to ride safely.

But they’re not on their own. They’re sharing the road with intoxicated drivers heading home from the bar, with teen drivers who are texting behind the wheel, with commuters who are driving aggressively while trying to make up time and with parents who are distracted by the kids yelling in the back seat — just to name a few.

An encounter with any one of these drivers can lead to a crash that the motorcyclist has no way to avoid. Their own ability no longer determines their own safety. Suddenly, due to someone else’s error, they come face to face with those incredibly poor odds of losing their life in the crash.

Have you lost a loved one?

Have you lost someone close to you who was hit on their motorcycle, or have you survived an accident just to be left with serious injuries? You must know all of the options that you have to seek compensation.