Why Motorcycle Accidents are Different
Motorcycle accidents are distinct from other motor vehicle accidents due to the vulnerability of motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are significantly more vulnerable to injuries in accidents compared to occupants of cars and trucks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2021 Motorcycle Traffic Data Report, motorcyclists are about 24 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a crash per mile traveled than passenger vehicle occupants. Unlike drivers of enclosed vehicles, motorcyclists lack the protection of a metal frame, airbags, and seatbelts. Consequently, even a seemingly minor collision can lead to catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and road rash.