All manner of drivers share the roads in North Carolina. Among them, the most at-risk of the motor vehicle operators are motorcyclists. Today, we will examine what exactly makes riding a motorcycle so dangerous, as well as statistics related to this.
First of all, motorcyclists tend to face more risks on the road than their counterparts in covered vehicles. This is due in large part to their size and lack of protection. Other vehicles often do not spot motorcycles in time to avoid hitting them. Not only that, but motorcycles do not enclose the driver. Because of that, they often take hits directly to their body or get pitched out of the vehicle.
Because of this, motorcyclists face an abnormally high level of high injury crashes and fatalities. In fact, some studies have shown that motorcyclists are up to 26 times more likely to die in a crash than someone in a passenger vehicle. They are also up to 5 times more likely to face injury. Additionally, other motor vehicle fatalities have been dropping steadily since 1999. However, the fatality rate for motorcyclists has actually doubled since then.
Finally, in up to two-thirds of all crashes involving motorcycles and other vehicles, the other vehicle is in the wrong. This statistic shows that most of the danger motorcyclists face are not a result of their own actions.
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