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Motorcycle Accident Injury and Death Rates Continue to Rise

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Knoxville motorcycle crash attorneyThe thrill of riding down the road on a motorcycle is hard to beat. More and more Americans are hopping on two wheels either as their regular vehicle or just for the occasional ride. Even though the number of miles driven by motorcyclists has gone down over the past two decades, the number of registered motorcycles has gone up. However, motorcycles remain more dangerous than other motor vehicles, with much a higher rate of deaths and injuries reported for motorcyclists than drivers of other vehicles. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is essential that you contact a lawyer who can fight for the compensation you need to put your life back together.

National, State Motorcycle Statistics

While motorcycles are only 3% of vehicles on the road, motorcycle riders account for 14% of all traffic crash fatalities nationally. These rates have only grown in recent years. Motorcycle deaths continue to climb in Tennessee too, with a preliminary number of 171 deaths of motorcycle riders in 2021. Deaths have been trending upward in the state since 2000.

Reporting on national motorcycle-related injuries has changed in the past decade, so longer-term trends are more difficult to assess. However, trends in the last few years have shown that both the number of injuries and the injury rate based on miles traveled by motorcycle has increased.

External Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

While motorcyclists can be at fault in some accidents, there are factors that lead to motorcycle accidents that are caused by other drivers on the road or unsafe road conditions. When an accident is caused by another driver or a hazardous condition, the party responsible may be held accountable for your accident.

  • Road hazards – There are various hazards on the road which may not impact the driver of a larger vehicle but can have a dangerous impact on a motorcycle rider. These include unexpected objects, uneven road surfaces due to deterioration or construction, gravel on the pavement, and uneven railroad crossings.
  • Low visibility of motorcycles – With their smaller size, motorcycles can be more difficult to see for other drivers on the road.
  • Driver inattention and error – Driver error is the main cause of all accidents on the road but can lead to much more severe injuries and risks of death for motorcyclists when they are involved in an accident. Since motorcycle riders are so much more vulnerable in a collision with another motor vehicle, motorcycle riders are much more likely to suffer serious injuries and even death compared with drivers of cars, trucks, and other vehicles.

Contact a Knoxville Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a Knox County motor vehicle accident attorney at The Law Office of William F. Evans. We can learn the details about your accident and determine whether you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call our office at 423-449-7980 for a free initial consultation.

 

Sources:

https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/motor-vehicle/road-users/motorcycles/

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/crash_stats/2022/Motorcyclist_04252022.pdf

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