With its beautiful landscape and long winding roads,Ontario has long been a popular motorcycling area. Unfortunately, every year thousands of motorcycle collisions are reported, many involving serious injuries and death to drivers and passengers. The Ministry of Transportation (MOT) of Ontario compiles and reports 10 year statistical studies of these motorcycle accidents. The most recent study produced the following statistics.
Motorcycle Accidents: Injury and Death Reports (MOT: 2007)
Year Killed Injured Killed Injured
1997 36 993 2 255
1998 32 1,068 3 263
1999 38 1,115 3 223
2000 37 1,161 1 257
2001 49 1,166 3 318
2002 35 1,161 3 311
2003 46 1,087 6 268
2004 44 1,107 3 297
2005 68 1,206 6 362
2006 48 1,219 5 352
There is no statistical evidence to explain the fluctuation in numbers from one year to the other, although experts suggest it is often related to the length of the motorcycling season and road conditions during the season. Of particular interest are some statistics on those crashes that have resulted in death.
- 20%: under the age of 25
- 21%: alcohol involved
- 57%: speed too fast
- 34%: single vehicle collision
- 73%: during daytime hours
- 44%: on weekends
It is also interesting to note, that even though motorcycle helmets have been mandatory inOntariofor over 40 years, 15% of those killed were not wearing a helmet. The Ministry of Transportation cautions all riders to wear helmets to avoid costly fines and most importantly, to help maintain the safety of you and your passengers and avoid personal injury.
Helmets save lives and can greatly increase your chances of avoiding a serious motorcycle injury or death. Ontarioprovides a beautiful backdrop for long sightseeing rides. Enjoy them with safety and responsibility.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or have lost someone you love the personal injury lawyers of Auger Hollingsworth can help. Call us at 613 233-4529 for a no charge consultation.