New York motorists might not be aware that motorcyclists may face a higher likelihood of experiencing a fatal accident when compared to other motorists. In fact, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than are people in passenger vehicles, national statistics indicate. In 2012, 15 percent of all traffic fatalities were motorcyclists, even though motorcycles account for only 3 percent of all vehicles on the road, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Data collected by the federal agency shows that motorcyclists collide with immobile objects more often than do other motorists. Moreover, data indicates that common causes for fatal motorcycle accidents include driving too fast for road conditions, excessive speeding and racing. Reportedly, speeding was a factor in 34 percent of motorcycle fatalities in 2012.