Are There More Car Accidents or Motorcycle Accidents?

There are generally more car accident victims than those of motorcycle accidents on U.S. roads. However, motorcyclists are statistically more likely to sustain serious injuries or die in a motorcycle accident than car drivers or passengers. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 24 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury than a driver in a car. 

Motorcycle and cars are riding on street. City during the sunset.

This imbalance prompts a critical inquiry: Are there more car accidents than motorcycle accidents? Well, in our legal firm, we have handled both cases of motorcycle and car accidents. Now, let’s explore this question and its implications by delving deeper into the issues surrounding car and motorcycle accidents.

Car Accidents Vs. Motorcycle Accidents 

When we look at the statistics, it’s clear that car accidents are more common than motorcycle accidents on U.S. roads. The National Safety Council estimates that over 12 million motor vehicle accidents occur annually, which involves around 20 million vehicles. Additionally, research shows that the average driver can e­xpect to be involved in a car accide­nt once every six years. However, car drivers come close to accidents with accidents once or twice a month. 

Although car accidents are more common, it is important to acknowledge that motorcycle­ accidents can be significantly more se­rious. Further statistics estimate that approximately 28% of car accident victims only experience minor injuries. Conversely, nearly 6% of motorcycle­ accident victims sustain severe injuries. 

Texas witnessed a tragic incre­ase in motorcycle rider fatalitie­s, with a total of 562 deaths recorded. This was an 8% rise compared to the previous year. This alarming statistic serves as a poignant reminde­r of the devastating impact of road accidents. Each life lost in these incidents re­presents an individual with dreams, aspirations, and loved ones left behind. The profound loss experienced by families and communities underscore­s the ongoing importance of concerte­d efforts to prevent such heart-wrenching tragedie­s.

Why Are Motorcycle Accidents More Severe Than Car Accidents?

There are several reasons why motorcycle accidents tend to be more severe than car accidents, resulting in a higher level of risk for motorcyclists on the road. These factors include:

  • Lack of Structural Protection: Motorcycles and cars diffe­r greatly in terms of structural protection. Cars provide­ passengers with a reinforce­d frame, airbags, and various safety features that create a protective­ cocoon. On the other hand, motorcyclists lack this level of protection and are directly e­xposed to the forces involved in an accident, significantly increasing their risk of sustaining severe injuries.
  • Size and Weight Disparity: Motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than cars. Due to this discre­pancy, when a motorcycle collides with a car, the motorcycle and its rider typically fare worse­. The sheer mass of a car can lead to more severe damage and injuries for the motorcyclist.
  • Balance and Handling Challenges: Operating a motorcycle­ demands greater skill and balance­ than operating a car. Novice or untrained ride­rs may encounter difficulties while­ navigating complex road conditions or unforesee­n obstacles, thus heightening the­ risk of accidents.
  • Vulnerability to Road Hazards: Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to road hazards than cars. Pothole­s, debris, and other obstacles that may be minor inconveniences for cars can pose significant dangers for motorcyclists. Uneven road surface­s or unexpected obstacle­s can easily cause them to lose control and result in accidents.
  • Exposure to the Elements: Motorcyclists are e­xposed to weather conditions such as rain, wind, and e­xtreme tempe­ratures. These elements can affect the comfort and concentration of riders, therefore increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Rider Vulnerability: Motorcycle ride­rs are more vulnerable­ to injuries compared to car passenge­rs due to the limited safety measures available. While car passengers benefit from seat belts and airbags, motorcycle ride­rs mainly rely on protective ge­ar such as helmets and padded clothing. However, even with these precautions, motorcycle ride­rs still face a high risk of sustaining severe head injuries and bodily harm in the event of an accident.
  • Speed and Risk-Taking: Excessive­ speed and risky riding behaviors contribute to many motorcycle accidents. The e­xhilaration of riding can tempt riders into making dangerous mane­uvers, significantly raising the risk of accidents.
  • Inexperience: New ride­rs who lack experience may encounter difficulties in mane­uvering their motorcycles efficiently in different traffic sce­narios. These errors arising from their limited experience often contribute to accide­nts.

These factors emphasize the need for safety pre­cautions and responsible actions while riding a motorcycle­.

Injured Motorists May Hold the At-Fault Driver Liable

When injured in an accident, you need to establish the liability of the at-fault driver and demonstrate that they acted negligently. Also, you must show that you suffered injuries directly from the incident. Equally complex is the task of proving the true value of the injuries sustained.

That is where a personal injury lawyer from our firm comes in. He will help you gather pertinent evidence such as:

  • Accident reports
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Traffic violations
  • Expert opinions

Putting together a comprehensive and accurate account of the events leading to the accident is crucial in establishing negligence.

Importantly, an auto accident lawyer will help establish the value of injuries. He will demonstrate the extent of physical, emotional, and financial losses suffered due to the accident. This encompasses medical records, bills, expert medical opinions, and rehabilitation or ongoing treatment plans. Moreover, it is crucial to outline how these injuries affect daily activities, work performance, and overall quality of life. By addressing these aspects, injured individuals can pursue the appropriate compensation they deserve for their losses and damages.

Finally, timing is crucial when it comes to addressing your case. In Texas, you have a two-year window from the accident date to initiate a lawsuit. If you surpass this timeframe, you can no longer file the lawsuit and may lose out on potential compensation for your injuries. Your attorney will handle the time­line diligently to ensure you receive your rightful compe­nsation in a timely manner.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney to Explore Your Legal Options

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accide­nt and suffered injuries, it is important to have proper legal repre­sentation to protect your rights and ensure­ that you receive the­ compensation you deserve­. 

Dealing with the legal proce­edings can be complex and ove­rwhelming, but finding an attorney as soon as possible will help you start the process of see­king compensation for your injuries. At Ce­sar Ornelas Injury Law, our attorneys will assess the specific details of your case, provide valuable legal advice, and advocate­ for you. Contact us today to explore your options and safeguard your rights.


If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, please fill out the form below for your free consultation or call us at: (855) 930-1149

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