Motorcycle safety is very much focused on minimizing the severity of injuries. Motorcycle accidents are 26 times more likely to result in death than automobile accidents, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Not only do helmets help prevent certain head injuries, but they are required by law in most states. Additionally, not wearing a helmet could jeopardize an insurance claim (since it increases the insurers' risk level).
If you are in a motorcycle accident, seek immediate medical attention if necessary. As with any accident involving more than one vehicle, make sure you take notes and get the contact information of potential witnesses. Taking photos is also recommended.
In states that recognize comparative negligence, liability could be split among two or more parties (based on degree of fault). An automobile accident attorney experienced in motorcycle cases will be able to guide you through the process. Our motorcycle accident FAQ can help you learn more about what you may need to do.
Research-backed safety statistics help industry leaders and policy makers develop better motorcycle safety standards and designs. Much of this work comes from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and other groups. The following list of organizations and agencies will help you learn more about motorcycle safety and related matters:
- The American Motorcyclist Association - A member organization promoting the interests of motorcycle enthusiasts, with an emphasis on racing and motorcyclist rights.
- The Hurt Report: Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures - A summary of findings from this influential 1981 study of factors that cause motorcycle accidents and injuries, with suggestions of countermeasures.
- Insurance Institute For Highway Safety: Motorcycles - Overview of the inherent risks of riding a motorcycle, with information about helmet laws.
- Motorcycle Riders Foundation - A Washington, DC-based Motorcyclist rights organization.
- The Motorcycle Safety Foundation - Provides information on motorcycle rider training, operator licensing, government relations, rider courses, riding gear, and motorcycle safety.
- Motorcycle Safety Program - From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with extensive safety resources for motorcyclists.
- National Agenda For Motorcycle Safety - Provides a look at motorcycle safety today, and offers a blueprint for the future.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - Provides crash statistics and articles about accidents, product safety, and passenger safety for all kinds of vehicles, including motorcycles.
- Motorcycle Foundation YouTube Channel - Videos on basic motorcycle safety and riding instruction, with an emphasis on fostering a more friendly riding environment.
- Motorcycle Safety (GHSA) - Motorcycle safety statistics, information about motorcycle laws, and research.
More general highway safety information can be found at our car accident resources page.
See FindLaw's motorcycle accidents section for additional articles and resources, including helmet laws and motorcycle accident cases and motorcycle defects and recalls. The first steps after an injury section contains resources to help you gather information, obtain a police report, and meet with an attorney.
Want Legal Help with Your Motorcycle Accident? Talk to a Lawyer
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, it's smart to talk to a qualified car accident attorney about your case. An attorney can help you understand the law, the facts of your case, and make sure you get any money that might be owed to you for your injuries.