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Five Motorcycle Crash Facts

From The Husband and Wife Law Team Injury Prevention and Safety Division

  1. In motorcycle crashes, sixty percent of the time, motorists in other vehicles are at fault when they collide with motorcycles.
  2. Listed below are the primary body parts that are injured for nonfatal motorcyclists’ crashes and the percentage of time it happens:
    • 30% - Leg and/or foot
    • 22% - Head and/or neck
    • 20% - Upper trunk
    • 18% - Arm and/or Head
    • 8% - Lower trunk
    • 3% - Unknown and/or other body part
  3. Forty-two percent of two-vehicle fatal motorcycle crashes involved a vehicle turning left while the motorcyclist was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle.
  4. Motorcycle stopping time and distance percentages:
    • A motorcycle traveling at 35 mph will take the motorcyclist 2.68 seconds to react, the motorcycle 2.06 seconds to brake, and 84.73 feet to come to a stop.
    • A motorcycle traveling at 55 mph will take the motorcyclist 3.86 seconds to react, the motorcycle 3.24 seconds to brake, and 180.66 feet to come to a stop.
    • A motorcycle traveling at 75 mph will take the motorcyclist 5.04 seconds to react, the motorcycle 4.42 seconds to brake, and 311.15 feet to come to a stop.
  5. Average hospital costs of a motorcycle rider involved in an accident:
    • $13, 926 for a rider who was wearing a helmet
    • $20, 551 for a rider who was NOT wearing a helmet

Sources:
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/motorcycle-accidents-common-causes-30330.html
http://www.bikesafer.com/detail/braketime.html

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