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Fatalities

The good news is that important progress is being made in reducing how dangerous motorcycles are. The bad news is that riding a motorcycle is still very dangerous, especially when compared to driving or riding in a passenger car and there are still far too many fatalities and preventable deaths.

Fatality rate for motorcyclists versus motorists

NHTSA reports that in 2018 “motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash,” based on vehicle miles traveled.

How dangerous are motorcycles and cars and trucks?

More than 50% of fatal crashes involve collisions between motorbikes and motor vehicles such as cars and trucks. Specifically, 57% of the motorbikes“involved in fatal crashes were collisions with motor vehicles in transport.”

How dangerous are motorcycles and cars making left-hand turns?

Cars and trucks making left hand turns are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. In fact, 42% of fatal motorbike-car accidents involve a car or truck turning left while a motorcyclist is going straight or passing or overtaking the car or truck.

How does speeding increase the danger for motorcyclists?

Speeding plays an outsized role as a cause of motorbike accidents and in the cause of death of the rider/operator of a motorbike than with the death of a driver of a passenger car or a truck.

How dangerous are motorcycles when alcohol is involved?

Twenty eight percent of the motorcyclist drivers killed in motorbike-related crashes were alcohol-impaired with a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher. Significantly, in fatal single-vehicle motorbike accidents, 43% of the motorbike drivers who were killed were alcohol-impaired.

How dangerous are motorcycles in Michigan?

Motorcycles are dangerous in Michigan. Crashes have dropped 21% between 2009 and 2018 from 3,451 to 2,728. But motorcyclist deaths have increased more than 27% over the same period from 105 to 134.

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