Summertime is prime time for motorcyclists to hit the open road, whether it’s a short trip in the neighborhood, or a longer ride to enjoy the surrounding country’s beauty.
But it’s also the most dangerous time of the year for bikers, with increased congestion on roadways, making them more vulnerable to distracted and drunk drivers along with many other hazards.
Ohio motorcycle fatality statistics
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,985 motorcyclists died in 2018. Ohio recorded 157 fatalities that same year. With more than 400,000 registered motorcycles, the state was 37th in deaths per 10,000 motorcycles. While Ohio’s fatality rate was lower than a majority of other states, many of those deaths could have been prevented.
Disturbing facts every motorcyclist (and motorist) should know
Scary statistics shouldn’t dissuade motorcyclists from doing what they love. However, the information is vital for understanding the risks associated with riding and adopting safe habits on the road. Some of the most worrisome stats include:
- Motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to die in an accident than the occupants of a car
- One out of every three fatal crashes involves alcohol
- Motorcyclists suffer more than minor injuries in 45% of all crashes
- Motorcycles are involved in 14% of all fatal crashes while only representing 3% of registered vehicles
- 25% of all motorcyclists killed collide with a fixed object
- 75% of all crashes involve another vehicle
- Two-thirds of multi-vehicle crashes involve automobile drivers rear-ending, turning left in front of or otherwise violating a motorcyclist’s right-of-way
- Motorcyclists have an average of 2 seconds to react to hazards in front of them
- Speeding is a significant factor in nearly one-third of all fatal crashes
- The majority of crashes – 40% – happen at busy intersections, with most between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Take protective measures before hitting the road
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found motorcyclists without helmets are twice as likely to suffer brain and spine injuries. The group Safe Roads says helmets saved 1,800 lives in 2017, and another 750 riders could have survived if they were wearing them.
Yet, even when bikers take every possible precaution, they are still at the mercy of other drivers, who, in many cases, get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as well as those distracted by their smartphones or other items or activities. If you are injured by someone’s negligence while operating a motorcycle, it’s crucial to talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.