Written by attorney Sean P DuBois

Oregon Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle can be very dangerous. Statistics show that a motorcycle rider is 6 times more likely to be killed in a crash than someone in a car. But in Oregon, in 2010, motorcycle crashes and injuries decreased - so good job Oregonians!

The number of Oregon motorcycle fatalities dropped by 2% in 2010, but 38 people were still killed. This dropped is attributed to several new motorcycle laws in Oregon in 2009, including one that made motorcycle safety training courses a requirement. As of January 2012, all riders under 40 must have taken this course.

Here's some other statistics:

  • About 60% of Oregon fatal motorcycle crashes do not involve anyone else.
  • Per mile, a motorcyclist is 35 times more likely to have a crash than someone driving a car.
  • Motorcycles only account for 2% of vehicles registered in the US, but account for 5% of highway fatalities.
  • For ever 100,000 motorcycles, 72.34 are involved in fatal crashes.
  • Riders are 16 times more likely to recieve serious injuries.
  • If a motorcyclist is involved in a crash, they have an 80% chance of suffering an injury or death (this is only 20% for car drivers).

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact a motorycle accident lawyer to learn your legal rights in Oregon. And if one of your loved ones was killed in a motorcycle accident, consider hiring an Oregon wrongful death attorney to help you through the wrongful death process for financial compensation.

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