Motorcyclist Safety Still Behind the Times

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  Recent statistics show that more than 25 million people ride motorcycles each year and that there are more than 10 million motorcycles owned and used in the U.S. The main takeaway – helmets, like good motorcycle insurance, are protection that make sense.
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  • 1. Motorcyclist Safety — Still Behind the Times…
  • 2. According to the Spotlight on Highway Safety report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcyclist safety has not improved in 15 years.
  • 3. Recent statistics show that more than 25 million people ride motorcycles each year and that there are more than 10 million motorcycles owned and used in the U.S. The main takeaway – helmets, like good motorcycle insurance, are protection that make sense.
  • 4. • Up in 13 states • Down in 35 states, including DC • Unchanged in 2 states • 4,610 – projected final motorcyclist fatality 2013 Motorcyclist fatalities (based on the first nine months)
  • 5. • 46% of all motorcycle crashes occur at intersections • On average, 3 motorcyclists are killed every day in the U.S. as a result of multi-vehicle crashes at intersections • 93,000 motorcyclists injured in 2012. • On a per vehicle mile basis, motorcyclists are more than 26 times likely to die in a crash and are 5 times more likely to be injured than occupants of cars. Other statistics:
  • 6. Weather was the main factor affecting the drop in motorcyclist fatalities from 2012 to 2013. During the first six months of 2012, weather was very dry and warm across the country, leading to an increase in riders. The weather in the first nine months of 2013, however, was cooler and wetter, resulting in a decrease in rider miles.
  • 7. The report pointed out the importance of all states adopting a universal helmet law as the single most effective way to prevent serious injury and death in the event of a motorcycle crash. Helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle operators and 41% effective for passengers.
  • 8. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, compared to states with universal helmet laws, there were 10 times as many motorcyclist fatalities in states without universal helmet laws.
  • 9. In fact, nationwide, helmet use dropped to 60% in 2012, down from 66% in 2011. Research from NHTSA shows that per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 39 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash.
  • 10. If you’re thinking of getting a motorcycle, first check out The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). The MSF is a national, not-for-profit organization promoting the safety of motorcyclists with programs in rider training, operator licensing and public information..
  • 11. If The MSF strongly recommends that you take a Basic RiderCourse in your area, to decide if motorcycling is right for you. And check to see if the class can help you get a discount on your motorcycle insurance.
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