If you just look at the overall statistics, motorcycle accidents do not happen as often as car accidents. Injuries and fatalities, predictably, are also lower for motorcycles.
However, the reason is that there are not nearly as many motorcycles on the road as there are cars and trucks. When you adjust the numbers to compensate for that, you find that motorcycles lead to a stunning three times as many injuries.
For instance, one study found that 2,194 injuries happened per every 100,000 motorcycles registered. That rate is three times higher than the rate for cars and trucks, and it still may be low. You have to ask yourself how many registered bikes just sit in the garage since those who own them ride less often than they drive their cars.
Not only are injury rates higher, but the odds that an injury will be serious or deadly is also vastly higher. For instance, when looking at every 100,000 motorcycles on the road, researchers noted that there were 14 deaths. For every 100,000 cars, there were just three fatalities.
For every 100,000 cars, there were just 12 serious injuries -- fewer than the amount of fatalities on motorcycles. However, the same number of motorcycles accounted for 125 serious injuries.
As you can see, the overall statistics can be deceptive. They do not paint a clear picture of the risk. Only by looking at the number of accidents, injuries and deaths per 100,000 vehicles can you see how dangerous motorcycles are. If you get hurt in a crash, be sure you know all of your legal options.
Source: STAT, "Motorcycle crashes are alarmingly common — and incredibly costly," Megan Thielking, accessed May 10, 2018