Motorcyclists are usually keenly aware of the dangers they face on the road. Riding a motorcycle is not an activity in which you can deny the potential danger. Motorcyclists trade this increased risk for the feeling of freedom they report they feel when they’re on the back of their bike. This exhilaration outweighs the risk factor for them, but when there is a motorcycle accident in Detroit and they are struck by a larger passenger or commercial vehicle, the results can be fatal.
According to a recent study using data from the NHTSA, over 84,000 fatal motorcycle accidents happened between 2000 and 2019 killing over 87,000 people. Motorcycles make up only 3% of registered vehicles, yet they account for 12% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S.
In this blog, we provide a list of the top 10 most dangerous big cities for motorcyclists, and how we can help you pursue a legal case in the event of a motorcycle accident in Detroit.
According to fatal crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Motorcycle deaths account for 11 percent of all roadway fatalities
- Drivers of motorcycles in fatal accidents are most likely to be male, middle-aged, and Caucasian compared to drivers of other vehicles
- Fatal motorcycle accidents are most likely to happen in the summer, during daylight, and in clear weather
- Fatal motorcycle accidents usually involve a moving vehicle as opposed to fixed objects
- The state with the highest crash rate is South Carolina, while the state with the lowest is Minnesota
- The U.S. reached its highest rate of fatal motorcycle accidents in 2005
As stated by the CDC, other common factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents include drinking and driving, disobeying traffic laws, and speeding. Motorcyclists are also at an increased risk of injury due to a lack of seatbelts and airbags. Always be sure to share the road and stay alert at all times when riding your motorcycle.
Using the same data gathered by the NHTSA, the 10 worst cities for fatal motorcycle accidents are:
- Tampa, FL with 46.7 fatal accidents per 100k people, 187 crashes with 192 fatalities
- New Orleans, LA with 41.26 fatal accidents per 100k people, 161 crashes with 163 fatalities
- Jacksonville, FL with 39.16 fatal accidents per 100k people, 357 crashes with 363 fatalities
- Tulsa, OK with 36.14 fatal accidents per 100k people, 145 crashes with 148 fatalities
- Miami, FL with 35.25 fatal accidents per 100k people, 165 crashes with 170 fatalities
- Oklahoma City, OK with 34.95 fatal accidents per 100k people, 229 crashes with 234 fatalities
- Detroit, MI with 33.58 fatal accidents per 100k people, 225 crashes with 230 fatalities
- Memphis, TN with 32.40 fatal accidents per 100k people, 211 crashes with 221 fatalities
- Cleveland, OH with 31.49 fatal car accidents per 100k people, 120 crashes with 125 fatalities
- Phoenix, AZ with 30.51 fatal car accidents per 100k people, 513 crashes with 526 fatalities
There’s never a good time to endure a motorcycle accident in Michigan. Here at Lee Steinberg Law, our Detroit motorcycle accident lawyers treat our clients like family and we are always available to discuss the details of your case and situation. We work aggressively to win your case and get you the compensation you deserve from the insurance company. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Michigan, don’t hesitate to contact us today to find out how we can help.
We work with experts and doctors to ensure the best possible outcome and monetary compensation for your case. There is never a fee until we win. Please call toll-free at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) for a free consultation.