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Why fatal motorcycle crashes have increased steadily since 2008

| Apr 17, 2019 | Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents |

A report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2018 shows that 2017 was the worst year of the last 10 for motorcycle-involved fatal crashes in the United States. This had led many traffic safety analysts to try to figure out what has caused the uptick in fatal motorcycle deaths here in California and across the rest of the U.S.

In the wake of the Great Recession of 2007, the number of motorcyclists on the road declined. This, in turn, resulted in a reduction in the number of miles that they logged. The number of fatal motorcycle crashes decreased.

The number of deadly motorcycle crashes soared starting in 2008. As of the 2018 report, 60 per 100,000 motorcyclists risked death each time they took to the road on their bikes. Those who ride motorcycles were determined to be six times more vulnerable to becoming involved in a fatal crash than passenger car operators.

Some of the latest data published by the NHTSA places the injury or death risk of sports utility vehicle (SUV), car or truck operators at 20 percent. The potential for a motorcyclist to get hurt or killed hovers around 80 percent.

Safety analysts have often blamed motorcyclist fatalities on the lack of helmet use. NHTSA data shows that bikers who wear them are 37 percent less likely to die in a motorcycle crash than those who don’t.

Analysts also point out that in-car safety software programs may not be as effective at identifying bikers as they can cars.

They suggest that distracted driving often results in motorists colliding with motorcyclists as well.

Motorcycle crashes seem to spike the closer it gets to summer. This is due, in part, to more motorists and motorcyclists being out on the road in Los Angeles. If you lose a loved one in a crash, then you’ll want to reach out to an attorney right away. They’ll need to act fast to preserve evidence and file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in your case.


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