Motorcycle fatalities rose about 10 percent in 2015, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. On the surface, this represents a dramatic jump, however further investigation indicates a number of possible explanations for the increased number of deaths. As nationwide motorcycle accident attorneys, we monitor these statistics closely and believe that, in general, riding a motorcycle has become safer over the years. Helmet laws, more laws on the books to protect bikers, and better gear have all contributed to biker safety. So why the rise in fatalities?
A few possible reasons include:
- Lower fuel prices: As gasoline prices dropped, bikers were able to hit the roads more often, and for longer periods of time. Fuel is one ongoing expense that bikers face, so this decrease in cost has allowed bikers to enjoy more time on the road.
- Better weather: A short, relatively mild winter and good weather overall has led to more time on the road. As the weather cooperates, bikers are able to ride rather than drive their other vehicles. This holds true from regular day to day activities like commuting to work and long weekend rides.
- Improving economy: As the economy (slowly) improves, more individuals are able to afford a motorcycle. Whether it be a retiree who has always dreamed of hitting the roads or a new driver who sees biking as a thrill, the economy is allowing many users to enter the market.
Far too few helmets in use!
Studies indicate that many bikers still choose to ride without a helmet. Even as years of data have shown that helmets save lives, these bikers take unnecessary chances and represent many deaths each year.
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