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Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcycle accidents can often result in very serious injuries. Intersection accidents tend to result in the highest number of fatalities. In addition, fatalities are also high when cars come into contact with motorcycles. One common motorcycle accident scenario occurs when a car exits a driveway or parking lot and turns into the path of a motorcycle, either striking the motorcycle or causing the rider to take evasive maneuvers.

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Although motorcycle accidents have risen since the 1990’s, over the last three years, Pennsylvania has seen a general decline in the number of motorcycle accidents per year as well as the number of fatal motorcycle accidents per year.

2011 Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Statistics

In 2011, motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania were down from the previous year by nearly 10%. Fatal motorcycle accidents in 2011 were also down by nearly 7% from the previous year.

In 2011, there were 3,641 crashes involving a motorcycle in Pennsylvania. Roughly 25% or 993 of those accidents were two vehicle collisions which involved a motorcycle and another car. Roughly 655 involved a motorcycle hitting a single, fixed object.

2012 motorcycle accident data is not available yet. Despite the fact that motorcycle accidents are down over the last few years, Pennsylvania may see a rise in motorcycle accidents in 2012 and 2013.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 846,466 licensed motorcyclists in 2011. This is up by nearly 10,000 from 2010. In addition, in 2011, there were 403,427 registered motorcycles (up by nearly 7,000 from 2010). This clearly shows an increase in the use of motorcycles in this state.

Motorcycle accident safety is key to accident prevention. Read more about motorcycle safety prevention here.  Unfortunately, Pennsylvania’s motorcycle safety training program has seen decreased involvement since a 2008 peak in the number of students (28,996) who participated in the program. In 2011, there were 23,024 participants, a decrease of roughly 18%.

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Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

The lawyers at Schwartz & Blackman take great pride in representing motorcyclists and have successfully handled many motorcycle accident cases.  FREE consultations. 215.925.4451

Schwartz & Blackman handles motorcycle accident cases in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area:

  • PA: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Norristown, Philadelphia
  • NJ: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Camden, Cherry Hill, New Jersey shore cities

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