Motorcycle Accident and Injury Statistics

McAllen Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

In 2012, about 2.36 million people were injured and 33,561 people lost their lives in traffic accidents across the United States, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Motorcyclists accounted for 3.9% (93,000) of those injuries and 14.7% (4,957) of those fatalities. These statistics reveal an interesting fact about motorcycle accidents and their tendency to cause fatal injuries to riders. The percentage of passenger car and light truck occupant injuries versus fatalities told a different story, with passenger vehicle occupants accounting for 88.5% of injuries and 64.5% of fatalities.

Statistics, like the ones included above, can help one gain a clear picture of a subject based on previous occurrences. This is a particularly helpful way of getting a better understanding of motorcycle accidents, their causes and the impact they have on Americans today. We have compiled statistics regarding motorcycle accidents, injuries and fatalities in the U.S. and Texas. Feel free to review these or to call our McAllen law offices at any time for a free consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer who can advise you of your options and rights in this important matter.

Nationwide Statistics

According to the NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis:

  • The number of motorcyclist injuries and fatalities increased from 2011 to 2012, by 15% and 7.1%, respectively.
  • Much of this increase occurred in the first quarter of 2012, which was also the warmest first quarter in history. Some believe the increase in motorcycle accidents could be attributed to an increase in riders on the roads during January, February and March, which were unseasonably warm and therefore offered better weather for riding.
  • In 2012, 1,390 motorcycle accident fatalities were considered alcohol-impaired, meaning a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater – above the legal limit to operate a vehicle.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled in 2011, motorcyclists were more than 30 times more likely to die in traffic accidents than occupants of passenger cars. Though motorcycles accounted for 3% of registered vehicles in the U.S. and only 0.4% of vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of traffic fatalities and 4% of injuries.
  • Nearly half of motorcycles involved in fatal accidents in 2011 collided with another vehicle. In two-vehicle motorcycle accidents, 75% of incidents involved motorcycles striking a vehicle in front of the bike.
  • 38% of fatal two-vehicle motorcycle accidents in 2011 occurred when the other vehicle was turning left and the motorcycle was traveling straight or passing the other vehicle.

Texas Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT), a total of 9,379 motorcycles were involved in traffic accidents across the state in 2012 (excluding police motorcycles). Also according to TDOT statistics:

  • 467 motorcyclists (including drivers and passengers) lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in Texas in 2012. Of these, 243 were not wearing helmets, 187 were wearing helmets, and it is unknown whether 37 motorcyclists were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
  • 6,131 motorcyclists were seriously injured in motorcycle accidents in Texas in 2012, 2,248 sustained "other injuries," 1,385 were uninjured and 160 suffered unknown injuries.
  • 84.5% of the 10,391 motorcyclists involved in motorcycle accidents in 2012 were injured (4.5% were fatally injured), while about 13% were uninjured.

Serving Injured Riders in McAllen, TX

It is easy to see just how serious motorcycle accidents can be, considering the majority of riders involved in these collisions will be injured. At our firm, we strive to provide only the highest quality legal counsel as we seek justice on behalf of injured riders throughout the McAllen area of Texas. If you would like to learn more about our firm, our attorneys and how we can help you, please call for a free consultation.