According to a report compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,441 law enforcement officials died in the line of duty in motor vehicle crashes. Over time, these fatalities became a leading cause of death for police officers. In the 1980s, motor vehicle crashes accounted for 28 percent of police officer deaths. That figure jumped to 47 percent between 2000 and 2008.
Of those motor vehicle accidents, 90 involved officers on motorcycles. The report found that police officer fatalities on motorcycles have remained relatively consistent since 1980 with brief spikes in 1990 and 2004. The report also found that:
- Most fatal motorcycle crashes involving police occurred between noon and 3:59 p.m.
- Most involved angle collisions (67 percent)
- Most occurred in urban areas (89 percent)
- Police fatalities on motorcycles increased each decade:
- 1980s: 24
- 1990s: 30
- 2000-2008: 36
- Colliding with another vehicle was the leading cause of fatal motorcycle accidents (80 percent)
- While rain or snow can impair motorcycle riding abilities, most of these accidents occurred during dry conditions (96 percent)
It is always tragic when an officer perishes in the line of duty. Officers on motorcycles are especially vulnerable to fatal injuries, especially when traveling at high speeds. If you know someone who suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident and someone else was at fault, give us a call today: (866) 377-3800. There is no charge to go over your story, and you might have options you had not considered.
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