Motorcycle Injuries and Fatalities Decline
That’s fantastic news! I came across the below article in my monthly reading of The American Motorcyclist, and had to share it with everyone.
It is progress, slow, but progress, and here’s hoping the trend continues every year. Motorcycle safety and awareness is important for everyone on the road, so please share the news, and encourage everyone to ride and drive safely.
2013 Decline Deaths
Decline in Motorcyclists killed in accidents from 2012-2013
- 4,986 | 2012 Fatalities
- 4,668 | 2013 Fatalities
- 93,000 | 2012 Injuries
- 88,000 | 2013 Injuries
2013 Decline Injuries
Motorcyclist Fatalities, Injuries Decline in 2013
Motorcycle Stats Improve Faster Than All Vehicles
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the number of motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes declined by 6.4 percent from 2012 to 2013, and the number injured dropped 5.4 percent.
In 2013, 4,668 motorcyclist fatalities were reported, down 318 from the 4,986 in 2012. Similarly, 88,000 “occupants” were reported to have been injured in motorcycle crashes in 2013, down from 93,000 the year before. The NHTSA also reported that motor vehicle crash fatalities overall decreased by 3.1percent in 2013 and injuries declined 2.1 percent. “While one motorcycle fatality is one too many, we are pleased to see this number decline,” says Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. “It also is good that motorcycle injuries and fatalities are falling at a greater rate than for motor vehicles overall. And we sincerely hope this trend continues.”
One factor in the lower incidence of motorcycle crash fatalities was an 8.3 percent decrease in the number of motorcycle crashes in which the rider was impaired by alcohol, the NHTSA reported. The NHTSA report also noted that there were 190 fewer fatalities in 2013 among motorcyclists aged 50 to 69 years. That decline represented 60 percent of the decrease in motorcycle list fatalities. “Motorcyclist safety is of utmost importance,” Dingman says. “That is why the AMA is participating in the Motorcycle Crash Causation Study underway at Oklahoma State University. We hope that the information from this extensive examination of motorcycle crashes will lead to better strategies for making our roads safer for motorcyclists.”
The Motorcycle Crash Causation Study is the first comprehensive examination since the 1981 Hurt Report. When the project is completed in 2016, it will provide a large and unique data set derived from actual motorcycle crashes and riders with similar risk characteristics, with a focus on the unique circumstances that produce motorcycle crashes. The Motorcycle Crash Causation Study will provide up-to-date information on the types of dangers modern motorcyclists face. The study is important, because it will provide new insights into which factors affect motorcyclist safety and how. AMA members gave money for the study, and the AMA encouraged states to redirect unused federal funds to the effort.