Motorcycle Accident Injury Statistics

October 19, 2010 by  
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A recent study has found a strange disparity in statistics regarding fatalities in motorcycle accidents, reinforcing the importance of safe riding.

The study, conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins, found that black motorcycle riders were 1.5 times more likely to die from a motorcycle crash than white riders. The findings, published in the American Journal of Surgery, surprised researchers because they also discovered that black motorcycle riders were more likely than white riders to wear a safety helmet.

Maryland Motorcycle AccidentThere are about 88,000 injuries from motorcycle accidents in the U.S. each year, the researchers noted. Those accidents result in the deaths of more than 4,800 people annually, and those numbers are rising even while other vehicle accident deaths decline.

Researchers say that the findings make it clear that riders need to do more than just putting on a helmet in order to avoid personal injury from motorcycle accidents. What is not clear, however, is why black riders are dying at a higher rate than white riders. The disparity is so great that black riders who wear helmets are more likely to die than white riders who go without one.

Prior research suggests a number of factors could be at play. Black motorcycle riders could be getting less quality care in emergency rooms, may have a greater number of pre-existing illnesses or injuries, or there may be differences in the types of helmets being used and bikes being ridden by black and white riders.

The Maryland motorcycle accident lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent individuals who have suffered an injury while riding a motorcycle that was caused by the negligence of another vehicle or person.

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