The number of fatal motorcycle accidents that occurred on U.S. roads in 2010 is two percent lower than the number of accidents that occurred in 2009, according to a report issued by the Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The report studied the rates of motorcycle accidents in all fifty U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia.
According to the report, 4,465 motorcycle accidents resulted in death in 2009. In 2010, however, that number dropped to 4,373 deaths. The decrease is part of a trend that began in 2009; the number of lives lost in motorcycle accidents in 2009 was sixteen percent lower than the number of lives lost in 2008.
The trend of fewer motorcyclists losing their lives in accidents is encouraging. However, the study also revealed several facts that motorcyclists should consider when they ride. First, although the number of deaths decreased overall, the last three months of 2010 had more accidents than the end of 2009, which may be partially due to drivers who are distracted by weather or holiday festivities and are not as vigilant for bikers as they would normally be. Also, the number of motorcyclists who wear helmets dropped dramatically in 2010.
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