What Causes Motorcycle Accidents & Related Statistics?

Motorcycle Accidents in New Orleans

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents & Related Statistics?


A motorcycle ride is fun and liberating but it is also a known fact that motorcycle riders are the most vulnerable to debilitating accidents that often results in long-lasting injuries and even death. Devoid of any protective exoskeleton as one sees in the case of cars or other motor vehicles, motorcycles entail over 30 times greater risk of a motorcycle rider dying from a road accident compared to a car passenger or driver and this figure reaches up to 40 times if a rider is not wearing a helmet.

Motorcycle accidents can leave permanent physical and mental scars.  With no protection from anywhere, motorcycle riders often suffer life-threatening injuries. If you or someone you love has met with a motorcycle accident, please quickly get in touch with the New Orleans motorcycle accident lawyers working at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess. We have expert lawyers who can research all the facts surrounding an accident so that you get maximum compensation for your pain and suffering

Statistics bare it all

As per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States Department of Transportation, more than 88,000 motorcycle riders sustained injuries in accidents on highways and more than 4,800 people died.

Of all the road accidents in the United States, motorcycles are involved in 11% of them with head injury being the leading cause of the fatalities. Also, as per the data, there is 35% lesser chance of a helmet-wearing rider dying from an accident.

Leading causes of motorcycle accidents

According to a 2009 report titled “Highway Loss Data Institute” that was created by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, collision with other vehicles caused more than 50% fatalities among motorcycle riders. Also, over 42% deadly motorcycle crashes involved two vehicles whereas around 40% motorcycle-related fatalities did not involve any collision with any vehicle.



And where no other vehicles were involved, it was found that accidents occurred as a result of the following reasons:


  • Motorcyclists overspeeding
  • Riders driving under the influence of alcohol
  • No signaling
  • Negligence
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Vehicle malfunction
  • Non-expert rider
  • Driving down the road on the wrong side
  • Disregard for traffic rules etc.

Reach Out to Compassionate Motorcycle Accident Lawyers


The dedicated New Orleans motorcycle accident attorneys working at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess understand how being involved in a motorcycle accident can wreck your life.  We offer thoughtful and focused legal representation to ensure you get the compensation you rightly deserve for your physical and emotional distress.