Are Motorcycles More Dangerous Than Cars?

Most motorcyclists are thrill-seekers who get pure pleasure from riding which is more dangerous, a large part of their appeal, than driving.

Motorcycles have some unique features compared to other vehicles this includes small, have two wheels, lighter, and does not enclose the rider making riding riskier than driving a car. They are less crashworthy than enclosed vehicles when an accident happens they are the more likely result to death or serious injury.

A no brainer, operating motorcycles require more focus and brain function than driving a car. Motorcycling is both physically challenging and mentally draining there are more variables for error that can be risky resulting in an accident.

Accident Rates

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are 13 cars out of 100,000 that are involved in fatal car accidents while the motorcycle fatality rate is at 72 per 100,000, this means death is about 6 folds more likely to a rider than a driver. Statistics concerning fatal accident per mile traveled shows motorcycle riders are at a greater risk at 35 times more than a car driver. In 2017 there were 13,775 deaths due to a car crash on U.S. roads and 5,172 motorcyclists were killed in the same year.

Statistics don’t lie, a motorcyclist will always be at risk when on the road there will always be the element of danger during the ride. Even a trained and a mature user is not spared from an accident.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

During the ride, a motorcyclist is prone to hazards that are beyond control like inclement weather, potholes, and bad drivers. There are other conditions that a rider must be alert and take the necessary precautions when danger presents itself to avoid an accident.

Crash involvement

In 2016, there were 2,976 motorcycle deaths colliding with vehicles in transport and 2,625 lethal crashes including a motorcycle and another kind of vehicle.

Motorcyclists are prone to an accident when a vehicle is making a left turn. Motorcycles are prone to be hit while passing through an intersection or trying to pull ahead of the vehicle and the driver cannot see the rider’s maneuver.

Chances of danger to a rider lane splitting are high.  A car driver won’t anticipate a motorcyclist maneuvering in a small space during slow or still, traffic and proximity to adjacent vehicles leave a little room for passage.

Adverse road conditions

Over time roads collect oils rain brings the oil out making the road slippery when wet. During freezing conditions salt is placed on the road this can be damaging to the traction.


Motorcycles are more likely to crash when a rider is racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the speed limit.

Under the influence of Alcohol 

Accidents due to alcohol intake are more likely to happen in motorcycle crashes than car accidents. The NHTSA finds that there were 4,950 riders killed with BAC of over 0.08 compared to 21% for passenger car

drivers, 20% for light-truck drivers, and 2% for large truck drivers.

Motorcycle size

Sport and super-sport bikes have lighter and powerful engines which can encourage speeding and other high-risk behaviors.

Other risk factors in a motorcycle crash

  • Exhaustion and absence of sleep.
  • Sunlight and glare can obstruct the view of the rider.
  • Riders forcing themselves beyond their skills.

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