The horrible statistics speak for themselves:
In 2/3 of all motorcycle accidents involving a car, the car driver was responsible for violating the motorcycle rider’s right of way, thus causing the accident. Motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than a passenger in a car. Motorcycle drivers are 5 times more likely to be injured than other participants in the traffic.
The trends don’t seem to be getting any better with improved technology, as motorcyclists face unique challenges when they participate in regular traffic:
It’s harder for other traffic participants to spot a motorcyclist; they themselves are a visually small object, in addition to the likelihood of being obscured by other vehicles, or weather conditions. Intersections are especially a deadly trap for motorcyclists; an astonishing 70% of all motorcycle vs. vehicle crashes occurs at intersections.
Road hazards that might cause a barely perceived bump or a skid for a car, can be a death sentence for a motorcycle rider: potholes, debris, oil spills, rain puddles, hard garbage, dilapidated pavement, and roads etc.
The inherent instability of a motorcycle compared to a four-wheeled vehicle. These are commonly known as “speed wobble” accidents, where the front of the motorcycle becomes unstable to the point of shaking. This can happen either due to the misalignment between the rear and front tires or due to the faulty maintenance of the motorcycle. Under the product liability, manufacturers could be held responsible for such accidents.