There are thousands of vehicle-related accidents every year that result in serious injuries and fatalities to drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Cycling and motorcycling are both valid forms of transportation in states like Louisiana, but they’re definitely not the most common. Many people choose not to ride a motorcycle or bicycle to and from work or school because it’s too dangerous. These same people will agree that motorcycles and bicycles are two very different vehicles, but is one more dangerous than the other?
How Many Bike and Motorcycle Accidents Occur in Louisiana?
In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 726 fatalities in bicyclists who were involved in accidents with other motor vehicles. The state of Louisiana has installed and maintained new bike lanes in concentrated cities, but there are still multiple fatalities and injuries between bicyclists and car drivers every year. The NHTSA also reported that motorcycle accidents account for 8-10% of all fatal accidents in the state of Louisiana. The number of motorcycles on Louisiana roads has also increased since 2004, which has resulted in an increase in accidents.
Are Bicycles or Motorcycles More Dangerous on Louisiana Roads?
Due to the lack of proper protection (as compared to cars) involved when riding a bicycle or motorcycle, riders are dangerously susceptible to damage when an accident happens. Motorcycle accidents, however, are more than twice as likely as bicycle accidents to be fatal. This is because of the increased speed with which a motorcycle drives, and their presence on highways makes them even more prone to high-speed crashes. However, both types of accidents have rates of sustained injuries that are much higher than automobile accidents. Therefore, it’s vital that both bicyclists and motorcyclists wear the appropriate safety gear and take proper precautions at all times when riding.
If you have been involved in a bicycle or motorcycle accidents, our Lafayette bicycle and motorcycle accident lawyers will be there to get the compensation you need for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.