Missouri Motorcycle Accident Statistics
At Ransin Injury Law, we are dedicated to being advocates of motorcycle accident victims and their families in Springfield Missouri, Branson Missouri and the surrounding Southwest Missouri Area. For over 30 year’s attorney David W. Ransin has been working with these types of personal injury cases. Given the serious nature of these accidents it is extremely important to hire an attorney that has a complete understanding of motorcycle accidents as it pertains to legal expertise, medical knowledge of injuries sustained as a result of a motorcycle accident and an attorney that has the investigative and trial experience it takes to prove negligence and help you receive the compensation you and your family deserve.
Serious Motorcycle Accidents
While motorcycle accidents are less common that auto accidents, they are more likely to involve a fatality than any other type of personal injury accident on Missouri’s roadways according to the most-recent study conducted by the Missouri Statistical Analysis Center in conjunction with the Missouri Highway Patrol. Below are the findings of this study.
In 2010, the year of personal injury accidents that was studied, showed that there were 2,304 accidents involving a motorcycle. Of these accidents, 2,036 resulted in a personal injury of some kind. In Missouri, 97 individuals were killed as a result of a motorcycle accident. Of all the fatalities on Missouri’s roadways, motorcycle accidents represented 12.2% of fatalities, while the 2,036 total accidents only represented 1.6% of total accidents. At Ransin Injury Law, we understand that motorcycle riders are vulnerable to a higher level of serious personal injuries because in many cases we have seen firsthand the impact of drivers who have been carelessly injured motorcycle riders.
Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
In our years of experience, we have witnessed these tragic effects of when an automobile wreaks with a motorcycle. In fact, from this study, of the 97 total fatalities that occurred in a motorcycle accident, 93 were either the motorcycle driver or passenger.
Of all 2010 Missouri traffic crashes, 1.6% involved a motorcycle. Of all fatal traffic crashes, 12.2% involved a motorcycle. A total of 97 persons was killed, and 2,036 were injured in a motorcycle accident. Meaning that 96% of serious motorcycle accidents killed the motorcycle rider of their passenger and only 4% of the time in these cases the automobile driver or passenger was killed. Further, of the 2,036 motorcycle accidents that resulted in a personal injury, 1,917 or 94% were either the motorcycle driver or passenger.
What this means is that in Missouri as well as nationally, motorcycle riders and their passengers have the highest percentage of fatalities and personal injuries when involved in an accident. This is why at Ransin Injury Law, we have spent over 30 years advocating Motorcycle Safety and Awareness. We feel that motorcycle riders, and their passengers deserve the same legal protection as any motorist on our roadways, however, we have seen time and time again cases where this was not the case.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Springfield Missouri
An example of our legal understanding of serious motorcycle accidents would be that in many times in an accident the eye witness reports are not accurate, often motorists report that the motorcycle was speeding, but in reality, the loud sound of a motorcycle is confused with speed. Inaccurate eye-witness accounts on police reports can hurt your personal injury claim. You need an experienced attorney which understands motorcycle accidents and has the experience to investigate the facts of the case to ensure your case has all the facts.
We encourage you to call us today and let David W. Ransin help fight for your legal rights and get you the compensation you deserve. We offer a free cause evaluation so call us now.
Below are some additional statistics on Motorcycle Accidents from the Missouri Statistical Analysis Center:
- In 2010, there was a decrease of 5.1% of total motorcycle accidents compared to 2009 on Missouri’s roadways; however, there was an increase of 13.13% of fatal motorcycle accidents during the same period of time.
- One person is killed or injured every 4.1 hours in Missouri as a result of motorcycle accidents.
- 42.6% of motorcycle accidents occurred when one motor vehicle in transport struck another motor vehicle in transport. In 26.7% of motorcycle accidents, the accident was caused by the motorcycle overturning.
- In fatal motorcycle accidents, 76.6% involved a motorcycle striking a motor vehicle in transport.
- Of all motorcycle accidents, 94.5% were males and 5.5% were female.
- The average age of a motorcyclist that was killed in an accident was 41.2 years of age.
- Only 27.4% of motorcycle fatalities occurred when the driver or passenger wore a helmet.
- Green County represented 5% of all motorcycle accidents, ranking the 4th highest county for motorcycle accidents.
- Springfield Missouri ranked third in the amount of motorcycle accidents followed by Joplin Missouri as 4th.
- The highest amount of motorcycle accidents occurred from 5:00pm to 5:59pm on Missouri’s roadways.
- June, July and August were the three highest months in Missouri for motorcycle accidents.
- Saturdays represented the highest number of motorcycle accidents in the day of the week in Missouri.