Why Alaska Motorcycle Accidents are So Dangerous

Motorcycle riders have been overrepresented in fatal traffic collisions for decades, and they are also more likely to be injured in a crash as compared to automobile occupants. The Alaska Highway Safety Plan for 2023, submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reveals the risks for riders in the state. Every year, around a dozen motorcyclists are killed, and 35 victims suffer catastrophic injuries in motorcycle accidents. Plus, hundreds of other motorcycle riders sustain non-capacitating or minor injuries. Nationwide, the NHTSA reports that motorcyclists are approximately 28 times more likely to lose their lives and four times more likely to get hurt than occupants of passenger vehicles.

You might wonder why motorcycle riders are disproportionately affected by collisions, and one reason is quite obvious at the outset. With no metal barrier around them, motorcyclists are not protected from the impact of a crash. Victims experience significant losses, so it is important to get help with legal remedies from an Anchorage motorcycle accident lawyer. Plus, many other factors make these collisions dangerous, such as:

Stability Issues: The traditional motorcycle is iconic partly because it was designed to operate on two wheels, giving the rider maneuverability around curves and a low profile to deflect wind resistance. However, two wheels require a narrow body, making motorcycles far less stable than the vehicles sharing the road. Most experienced riders have few issues with stability – unless they are trying to avoid an accident or negligent motorists.

Secondary Impact for a Motorcycle Rider: The lack of a protective metal shield also means the operator will almost always be ejected from the motorcycle. The secondary impact may occur upon the roadway, another vehicle, a roadside object, or a waterway, but the repeated violent blows cause serious harm.

Challenges with Visibility: Being a smaller, two-wheeled vehicle, a motorcycle can be overlooked by drivers who are busy keeping an eye out for larger passenger cars and trucks. A motorcycle can be easily lost in the blind spot when a motorist is careless in changing lanes, and drivers often do not see a motorcycle approaching from the side at intersections.

No Helmet Law in Alaska: One factor that makes motorcycle accidents dangerous is entirely within the rider’s control. Alaska does not have a mandatory helmet law, but it should not take a statute to convince you to wear one. Instead, keep in mind some statistics:

-It is estimated that wearing a helmet saves more than 1,870 lives annually.

-Almost 750 more lives could be saved if all motorcycle riders wore proper headgear.

-Motorcycle helmets are approximately 28% effective at preventing fatalities while reducing the risk of head injuries by 69%.


An Alaska Motorcycle Accidents Attorney Will Guide You in Pursuing Remedies

You may be entitled to compensation for your losses after a motorcycle crash, and our team at Power & Power Law is dedicated to protecting your rights. For more information, please call our Anchorage offices at 907-222-9990 or go online to schedule a free consultation.