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Birmingham, AL Motorcycle Accident Facts & Figures

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Alabama Motorcycle Accident Facts

Motorcycle accidents occur every day on Alabama roads. Due to the lack of protection afforded motorcyclists and their passengers in these accidents, they can be particularly dangerous. The University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) says 81 percent of the collisions between cars and motorcycles in Alabama in 2010 resulted in injury or death. The latest edition of Alabama Traffic Crash Facts (2010) illustrates the scope and seriousness of these crashes involving motorcycles:
  • 1,729 crashes involved motorcycles in 2010, up from 1,647 accidents in 2009.
  • 86 fatalities in motorcycle accidents occurred in 2010, an increase from 77 in 2009.
  • 1,319 injuries were sustained in motorcycle accidents, marking an increase from the 1,205 motorcycle accident injuries in 2009.
  • 140 motorcycle accidents involving motorcycle drivers aged 20 to 24 happened in 2010, the most among any age group. Seven motorcycle riders in this age group died in crashes and 11 were injured.
  • 138 motorcyclists age 45 to 49 were involved in motorcycle accidents in 2010, the second-most among any age group. These accidents resulted in 114 injuries and 9 deaths.

Motorcycle Safety and Motorcycle Accident Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says in a 2007 report entitled “Motorcycle Safety” that:
  • 6.2 million motorcycles are registered in the U.S., or 3 percent of all U.S. motor vehicles.
  • 11 percent of all highway fatalities each year are motorcycle fatalities.
  • Approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death. A comparable figure for automobiles is about 20 percent.
  • 25 percent of motorcycle operators killed in traffic crashes are not licensed or are improperly licensed to operate a motorcycle.
  • Approximately 50 percent of all fatal single-vehicle motorcycle crashes involve alcohol.

In another motorcycle accidents report, the NHTSA says that in 2008:

  • 5,290 motorcyclists were killed in accidents, an increase of 2 percent over the 5,174 motorcyclists killed in 2007.
  • 2,387 motorcycle accidents were fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle.
  • 96,000 motorcyclists were injured in motorcycle accidents.
  • 35 percent of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared to 23 percent for passenger car drivers, 19 percent for light-truck drivers, and 8 percent for large-truck drivers.
  • 1,829 motorcyclists’ lives were saved in 2008 by wearing a DOT-compliant motorcycle helmet. An additional 823 motorcyclists’ lives could have been saved if they had been wearing a helmet.
  • 20 states (including Alabama), the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico required all motorcyclists to wear a helmet.
  • 63 percent of motorcyclists said they wore DOT-compliant helmets, an increase from 58 percent in 2007.

Contact an Alabama Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

Alabama motorcycle accident lawyer - motorcycle accidentsIf you or a family member has suffered injury or property loss because of a motorcycle accident in Alabama, the motorcycle accident attorneys of Belt & Bruner, P.C., can help you determine your legal options. Call us today at our toll-free number or use our online form for a free evaluation of your case.