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Motorcyclist Death Decreasing in the United States

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On: Tue, May 13, 2014 at 11:11AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


Motorcyclist Death Decreasing in the United States

In the United States, motorcyclist deaths decreased by seven percent in 2013, making it only the second time that’s happened since 1997. The drop may be due to the lack of the kind of weather that lures bikers out, rather than safer driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

When compared to the first nine months of 2012, deaths of motorcyclist dropped in 2013 over the same period in 35 states and District of Columbia. In 13 states, the number was higher, and stayed the same in two states.

The report pointed towards adverse weather for keeping more cyclists off the roads, not better driving habits or safety features. During the first six months of 2013, the weather was pretty much cold and wet. In 2012, however, the weather was unusually warm and dry.

While it’s great that fatalities of bikers was down during that period, deaths are not really on the decline. If you look at data over the last few years, instead of just this specific time frame, you’ll see that the death rate is actually not on the decline and this was probably a fluke.

The total estimated deaths of bikers in 2013 is 4,610—while 4,957 died in accidents in 2012. That’s a seven-percent decrease between 2012 and 2013,

However, in 2011, motorcycle crash-related deaths happened at a rate of six times more than deaths of those in cars. It’s also worth noting that people in cars were twice as safe in 2011 as they were in 1997, but motorcycle safety hasn’t evolved since then.

If all states had helmet laws, the number of deaths would likely decrease. This is the biggest known motorcycle safety measure around today. However, only 19 states and the District of Columbia require riders to wear helmets. 20 states require riders under the age of 21 or 18 (depending on the state) to wear helmets. Three states don’t require helmets to be worn by any riders.

During 2012, riders without helmets died at a rate of 10 times more than those with helmets.

The report also made recommendations about tougher laws on drunk driving, speeding, licensing, motorcyclist awareness, and safety training.




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Biker Tom | 5:23AM (Tue, Oct 20, 2015)

Although the numbers are decreasing, it's still too high. An all state law to wear a motorcycle helmet together with better driving awareness of bikers and car drivers could make a huge difference. Especially stimulating the awareness of car drivers has proved an enormous difference in countries in Europe. The communication to motorcyclists should improve that it's their own safety and life...


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Biker Andy | 5:29AM (Tue, Oct 20, 2015)

Although the numbers are decreasing, it's still too high. An all state law to wear a motorcycle helmet together with better driving awareness of bikers and car drivers could make a huge difference. Especially stimulating the awareness of car drivers has proved an enormous difference in countries in Europe. The communication to motorcyclists should improve that it's their own safety and life...



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