Motorcycles have never been more popular. And while there have been significant strides taken to reduce the number of fatalities caused by car accidents, motorcycle fatalities continue to rise. Because motorcycles lack the multiple safety features that cars and other passenger-sized vehicles possess, the need for safety and awareness as a motorcyclist have never been higher.
This requires those who choose to ride motorcycles taking strides to improve their riding skills, ensuring that personal protective gear is up to the highest standard, and approaching the road with an appropriate mental strategy.
1. The average age of motorcycle riders killed in Utah: 46.5.
Here in Utah, the average age of a motorcycle fatality is just 46.5 years old. It is alarming to see that number of motorcycle deaths that occur. It becomes even more shocking when you realize that many of the deceased are still relatively young. This is the result of a combination of factors that includes an increased popularity in motorcycles, aggressive riding behaviors, and lack of protection when accidents do occur.
2. The fatality rate on a motorcycle is 35 times greater than a passenger car.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that the fatality rate on a motorcycle is significantly greater than that of a passenger car, however, concern increases once you realize just how significant the difference is. With the continuing pursuit of safety features in automobiles, some of which include blind spot sensors and alarms, there is hope that motorcycle rider safety will also improve. Despite the advances made in protective gear, very little can be done to prevent the vulnerability of riding a motorcycle.
3. As of 2012, there were 8.5 million motorcycle riders on the road.
With an increased presence on the roadways, motorcycle fatalities have seen a 7.1 percent rise since 2012. It is estimated that 60 out of every 100,000 registered motorcycles are involved in a fatal crash on United States roadways. There is a definite need for increased education and awareness from both passenger car drivers and motorcycle riders regarding motorcycle safety. Investing in these programs could ultimately save lives.