Motorcycles give riders endless hours of enjoyment on America's roads. But they are also dangerous. Motorcycle enthusiasts need to know the risks, understand safe and defensive motorcycle operations, and know how to respond when an accident occurs.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents and motorcycle-related injuries are at an all-time high. According to the National Safety Council:
"Although motorcycles make up only 3% of all registered vehicles and 0.6% of all vehicle miles traveled in the United States, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities."
The NSC goes on to cite concerning statistics like the following:
That last statistic is especially important. Many people previously believed that motorcycle accidents occurred among people who rode on rural highways, in poor weather, and without wearing helmets. Actually, most crashes occur on urban roads, in good weather, in daylight, with riders who are not alcohol-impaired and who are wearing their helmets. That means there are other causes for the increase in motorcycle accidents, like distracted driving, other drivers texting while driving, and drivers not looking for motorcycles when turning, changing lanes, or moving through intersections.
The Ohio Traffic Safety Bulletin for 2021 reported that, in 2020, 3,982 motorcycle-related crashes occurred in Ohio, representing an 11% increase in crashes over 2019. 205 crashes resulted in 212 deaths among motorcyclists and their passengers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published guidelines on how people can enjoy motorcycles safely and avoid accidents. Quoting their briefing:
"Experienced riders know local traffic laws – and they don't take risks. Obey traffic lights, signs, speed limits, and lane markings; ride with the flow of traffic and leave plenty of room between your bike and other vehicles; and always check behind you and signal before you change lanes."
A no-contact motorcycle accident involves an accident in which a motorcyclist must swerve to avoid contact with a car, and the motorcyclist crashes or lays the bike down as a result. In such cases, the driver that the motorcyclist had to avoid likely committed a negligent act. Such an act could be changing lanes, accelerating, turning, or braking without looking for and noticing the motorcycle. When a driver acts in this way, that causes the motorcyclist to swerve to avoid an accident. In this case, the car driver could be held liable. If such an accident happened to you or a loved one, please call NRS Injury Law today at 855.977.6670.
 NSC. "Motorcycles." National Safety Council, 2022. injuryfacts.nsc.org
 State Patrol. "Traffic Safety Bulletin." Ohio State Police, 2022. statepatrol.ohio.gov
 NHTSA. "Motorcycle Safety." National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2021. nhtsa.gov