Supersport Riders Face Elevated Risks

When you ride a motorcycle, the odds are already against you. Bikers are 32 times more likely to die in in a crash than car passengers are, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Depending on the type of motorcycle you ride, you could face an even higher risk.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) examined fatality rates for different types of motorcycles. They found that supersport bikes, which are street-legal versions of racing bikes, are involved in four times as many fatal motorcycle accidents as standard models.

“Motorcyclists who driver supersport motorcycles, which make up a small fraction of registered motorcycles, are overrepresented in fatal crashes,” the IIHS says on its website. In 2005, 1,128 supersport riders died in fatal motorcycle crashes. While only 9 percent of registered bikes were supersports, they accounted for 27 percent of that year’s motorcycle deaths.

Supersport bikes have powerful engines and a low weight so they can reach high speeds (up to 160 mph) in very little time. Speed is a leading cause of bike crashes, along with alcohol and distractions.

The IIHS says that cruisers, standards, sport-touring and touring motorcycles have the lowest death rates. They are also the most popular.

Did you lose a loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash? Another rider or manufacturer might be responsible. We invite you to call our office and schedule a free consultation. We can let you know if you have a potential case, and then we will investigate your accident and find out who is responsible. Call (866) 377-3800 or visit our site to learn more about Denver motorcycle accidents.

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