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National Motorcycle Statistics: Deaths Still On The Rise

Steve Wagner

New Report Helps Explain Rise in Motorcyclist Death Rate

According to the most recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), “More than 5,000 people were killed riding motorcycles on U.S. roads in 2015, close to an all-time high, and a 10 percent increase over 2014’s figures.” In Indiana however, Hoosier drivers have helped to create a 17 percent decrease in motorcyclist fatalities since 2014.

Regardless, Indiana still saw far too many motorcycle fatalities in 2014 – 104 total (latest statistics). Consumer Reports says that lack of skill, riding while impaired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as well as driving above the speed limit can quickly attribute to the escalating rates of fatalities and injuries involving motorcycle accidents.

Motorcycle Operators Need Good Judgment

With motorcyclists being 30 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says safe motorcycling is very important. That involves proper motorcycle handling and training, balance, coordination and good judgment.

State officials have made the suggestion that crashes specific to older, more experienced riders may result from a loss of skills and the lack of ability to be familiar with the increased power and accessories of motorcycles made today. Speed, alcohol and other drugs, as well as risky driving tactics paired with new or younger riders can increase a driver’s fatal risk factor as well.

Other variables that can cause a motorcycle crash could include uneven pavement, weather, unsealed patches, potholes, slick surfaces, inattentive vehicle operators, and distractions from passengers.

Share The Road With Motorcycles and Watch Out!

As motorcycle riding becomes a more popular activity for Indiana Hoosiers and tourists this summer, other drivers should be reminded of the risks motorcyclists and non-motorcyclist can face while traveling. If you are a non-motorcyclist, you too play a role in motor vehicle safety. Law enforcement officials expect drivers to:

  • Look Twice for Motorcycles: Motorists need to be especially alert at intersections and when making a left-hand turn. This is where many accidents occur, so be sure to look both ways for motorcycles.
  • Share the Road: Remember that motorcyclists are entitled to a full lane in order to maneuver and avoid road hazards. Give the motorcyclist respect by keeping a safe distance. Sharing the road will save lives.

If you are a motorcyclist, the most important thing to do is to know your bike well, know your abilities, and always wear the right gear. That gear includes a motorcycle helmet. It’s the best protection against a traumatic brain injury if a crash were to occur.

Seek Help From An Experienced Indiana Motorcycle Lawyer

Wagner Reese has a team of experienced Indiana motorcycle accident injury attorneys here for you. We are the best choice to represent you in your claim for damages caused in a motorcycle or car accident. We are in the business of bringing justice to those injured on Indiana roadways, and we want to assist you on your road to recovery by lightening the load of medical bills and other expenses incurred by this accident. Call the law firm of Wagner Reese today at (888) 204-8440 for your FREE consultation.

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