NHTSA Improving Motorcycle Safety on US Roadways

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to raise awareness about the unique safety issues facing motorcycle riders on U.S. roadways. Motorcycle riders are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in America. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2021, the fatality rate for motorcyclists was almost 24 times higher than the fatality rate for passenger car occupants. With driver distraction continuing to be a huge problem, motorcycle riders, without the benefit of seat belts and steel cages, are at an increased risk for injury causing and potentially fatal crashes.  

Share The Road with Motorcycles  

Riding safely starts with helmets and safety training. Even the best motorcycle riders with top-of-the-line safety gear are no match for distracted and dangerous drivers though, so motorists are being urged to Share The Road. Sharing the Road is all about driving safely and being on the lookout for motorcycles and other vulnerable roadway users. You can’t Share The Road if you’re looking at your phone.  

Motorcycle Crashes by The Numbers  

  • In 2021, there were 5,932 motorcyclists killed in crashes in the U.S.  
  • Motorcyclist deaths accounted for 14 percent of all traffic crash fatalities in 2021.  
  • That was the highest number of motorcycle riders killed on U.S. roadways since the NHTSA started collecting data in 1975.  
  • In 2021, an estimated 82,686 motorcycle riders were injured in crashes.  
  • That number represented a five-percent increase from 2020.  

Motorcycle Accidents in San Diego 

Even at relatively low speeds, motorcycle riders can suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries in crashes, so riders are counting on other motorists to Share The Road. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is a great place to start, and after any kind of motorcycle accident caused by a dangerous or distracted driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. A lawyer can fight to get you the compensation you deserve after a motorcycle accident.  

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.