In a perfect world, bikers could share the road with others without having to worry about accidents. If you think the risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident is low, think again. The sad fact of the matter is that motorcycle accidents are common across the country, and Pennsylvania is no exception. By being aware of motorcycle accident statistics, you’re more likely to take safety seriously. These statistics clearly reflect the sobering reality that motorcyclists like you are killed on America’s roads and freeways every day. A significant percentage of those accidents happen in Pennsylvania.
2011 Motorcycle Accident Statistics for PA and the U.S.
In 2011, there were 3,746 accidents involving motorcycles in the state of Pennsylvania alone. 655 of those accidents involved a motorcycle hitting a fixed object, and 52 of those accidents occurred in work zones. Incredibly, 8.5 percent of these crashes involved alcohol. However, the total number of accidents dropped by 9.4 percent from 2010, and the total number of fatal motorcycle accidents dropped by 6.5 percent. 199 people died in motorcycle crashes in Pennsylvania in 2011.
Nationally, 4,500 motorcycle fatalities occurred during the first nine months of 2011. In 26 states and the District of Columbia, fatalities due to motorcycle accidents increased while the number dropped in 23 states.
2010 Motorcycle Accident Statistics for PA and the U.S.
In 2010, there were 3,930 motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania, which represented an increase over the previous year. 223 motorcycle deaths occurred in the state during that year; 202 were drivers and 21 were passengers. 23 percent of the motorcycle drivers who were involved in crashes were under the influence of alcohol.
Nationally, 4,502 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States. This represents an increase from 2009, when 4,469 people were killed in such incidents. However, the number of people who were injured in motorcycle accidents dropped from 90,000 to 82,000.
2009 Motorcycle Accident Statistics for PA and the U.S.
In 2009, there were 3,736 motorcycle crashes in the state of Pennsylvania. 3,677 people were injured in motorcycle crashes in the state during that year, and 204 people were killed. 712 of those accidents involved motorcycles hitting fixed objects, and nearly half of all deaths in the state involved drivers or passengers who weren’t wearing helmets. However, the total number of crashes involving motorcycles dropped by 10.9 percent, and the total number of fatalities from such incidents dropped by 15.6 percent.
Nationally, 4,469 people died in motorcycle accidents in the U.S. in 2009, and about 90,000 people were injured. More than half of those accidents involved drivers with blood-alcohol levels of 0.01 or higher. Approximately 30 percent of drivers had blood-alcohol levels of 0.08 or higher, which exceeds the legal limit.
2008 Motorcycle Accident Statistics for PA and the U.S.
In 2008, 237 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in Pennsylvania, and 4,077 were injured. 49 percent of bikers who were killed were not wearing helmets while 32 percent of motorcyclists who were killed had blood-alcohol levels of 0.08 or higher.
5,290 motorcyclists were killed nationally in 2008, and 59 percent of them were not wearing helmets. 30 percent of those who were killed had blood-alcohol levels of 0.08 or higher, and 35 percent of them were speeding.
2,554 of the motorcycles that were involved in crashes in the U.S. in 2008 collided with other moving vehicles while 25 of bikes that were involved in fatal crashes collided with fixed objects.
25 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2008 did not possess valid motorcycle licenses. It should also be noted that 2008 was the 11th year in a row in which there was an increase in the number of motorcycle accident fatalities.
Getting Help with Motorcycle Accidents
After reflecting on these statistics, you’re sure to agree that motorcycle safety is of the utmost importance. A significant percentage of crashes and fatalities could be prevented by not speeding and not driving under the influence. Many other crashes could be avoided by staying alert and practicing defensive driving. Despite doing so, you could still be involved in a motorcycle accident. If you are, be sure to hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer right away.