Law Offices of John J. LaCava, LLC Law Offices of John J. LaCava, LLC
In this Section

Motorcycle accident deaths drop on average nationwide

Good news for Connecticut residents: motorcycle deaths nationwide are decreasing in frequency. The yearly rates of fatal motorcycle crashes fell for only the second time since 1997, according to recently released 2013 statistics. A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association showed that a 7 percent drop occurred in motorcycle deaths throughout the country. About 300 fewer deaths occurred in 2013 than in 2012.

Experts credit safety advances in vehicle manufacturing for the decreases in overall highway fatalities. However, many of the newest safety features -- including airbags -- are not included on motorcycles. As a result, motorcycle riders are about 26 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a collision than their counterparts behind the wheel of a car. Riders are also five times more likely to suffer an injury in a crash. Motorcyclists make up 15 percent of highway fatalities, though they constitute only 3 percent of vehicles on the road.

This data has not yet been confirmed by federal numbers for the 2013 calendar year. That information is expected to be released later this year. This study showed that fatalities dropped in Washington, D.C., along with 35 states. On the other hand, 13 states saw an increase in the number of motorcycle fatalities. The overall number of fatalities therefore decreased when compared to last year.

One factor that has been cited for the high rates of motorcyclist deaths is the lack of mandatory helmet laws. Helmet use is optional for riders in 31 states, though some have requirements that govern younger riders. These statistics indicate that motorcycle accident victims are far more likely to suffer serious injury and even death. Motorists of all persuasions need to drive with care to ensure that riders are kept safe on our nation's roadways. Motorcycle riders should not have to worry about a negligent party inflicting a serious personal injury upon them.

Source: The Washington Post, "U.S. motorcycle deaths declined in 2013" Ashley Halsey III, May. 06, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Contact Us

Free Consultation Available In Injury Cases

For a no-cost consultation about your accident or personal injury case, call our office or complete the brief online form. We have three locations, in Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport, to conveniently serve our clients with day or evening appointments.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Firm Office Locations


Stamford Office
1111 Summer St., 6th Floor
Stamford, CT 06905

Toll Free: 877-570-9733
Fax: 203-569-9610
Map & Directions

Bridgeport Office
3296 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Map & Directions

Norwalk Office
10 Wall Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

Map & Directions