Below, our team of motorcycle attorneys examine the extreme dangers posed by crotch rocket motorcycles and are continuing to increase at a rapid rate.
Studies show that “crotch rocket” motorcycle riders are much more likely to die in a motorcycle crash than other types of riders. Some estimates show that the increase can be as much as four times.
I have also observed this same trend in my own practice as a motorcycle accident lawyer, because we have a much higher percentage of motorcycle accident victims who sustain serious injuries riding crotch rockets.
What is a “Crotch Rocket”?
A “crotch rocket” is a high-speed, high-performance, sport motorcycle that generally has an aerodynamic body shape which requires or encourages the rider to lean forward.
Crotch rockets are often called sport bikes, super bikes, supersport motorcycles, or racing bikes. These motorcycles are light-weight, aerodynamic, and built on racing platforms that have been adapted for street-legal use.
The appeal of crotch rocket motorcycles is the same thing that can make them so dangerous if not handled properly: high speed. We have all had that moment driving in our cars down the interstate and hearing a loud engine scream by and be out of sight in no time.
Crotch rockets and “supersports” motorcycles have significantly more horsepower than “normal” motorcycles, and some can reach speeds upwards of 200 mph!
Motorcycle accident injuries are more likely to be severe or fatal
It is important to note that motorcycle riders have an increased chance of serious injury or death in a crash.
Studies have shown that motorcycle riders are over 25 times more likely to die in a crash than in a car. They are also five times more likely to be injured than car drivers or passengers. Further, even though “crotch rockets” only account for less than 10 percent of motorcycles out on the road, they account for over 25 percent of motorcycle rider deaths.
Combine these statistics with the fact that Georgia motorcycle fatalities are steadily on the rise, and you can see that “crotch rocket” motorcycles are the most dangerous way to injury yourself on the road.
Crotch Rockets: Need for Speed
The reason riders like a “crotch rocket” is the speed. They want to go fast. After all, that is the whole point of a sport motorcycle. However, there is a downside to this speed and adrenaline.
This serious speed can significantly increase the risk of death and serious injuries in a motorcycle crash. Studies show that speed is one of the most significant factors contributing to fatal motorcycle crashes in Georgia. In fact, over half of “crotch rocket” motorcycle fatal crashes are a direct result of excessive speed.
Further, Georgia statistics show that young riders are the most likely to die in a “crotch rocket” crash. The age group 20-29 has the highest percentage of supersport motorcycle deaths in Georgia.
Regardless of the type of motorcycle you ride, always be sure to wear protective equipment and ride safely. It could save your life.
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