According to an NHTSA report published in 2019, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a collision than car occupants per vehicle mile. Even a casual look at a motorcycle's design reveals why: motorcycles lack a protective metal cage for riders that other vehicles have. Additionally, motorcycle riders have no airbags or safety restraints. When there's a collision, riders are completely at the mercy of physics. The results are often deadly or catastrophic.
Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Facts
Since motorcycles are inherently dangerous, all drivers must devote an exceptional amount of attention to preventing collisions with riders. Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation releases crash statistics for all accidents reported on the state’s roads.
2020 Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Statistics:
- Motorcycle crashes resulted in 2,611 injuries and 164 deaths
- 90.5% of motorcycle crashes resulted in injury or death
- There were 2,714 total motorcycle crashes, 159 of which were fatal
- Motorcycles accounted for 14% of traffic fatalities, but were involved in only 10% of crashes
- 40% of riders who died in motorcycle crashes were wearing a helmet at the time
This data was taken from 2018—the latest year for which we have data.
Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Helmet Law
In 2003, lawmakers amended Pennsylvania law to make wearing a helmet optional for any rider of 21 years or older with more than 2 years of riding experience. However, emergency room doctors still recommend wearing a helmet—they say that helmets are a safer choice whether or not they are required by law. Statistically, you are 39% more likely to die in a motorcycle crash if you do not wear a helmet.
Since 1922, our firm has been serving the people of Pennsylvania. We have recovered tens of millions for accident victims, helping them pay for medical care, provide for their families, and replace their lost income. If someone else's negligence caused you serious harm, then you deserve to have your losses covered. Speak with us today to learn how.
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, call the Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorneys at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC today for a free consultation at (888) 498-3023.