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Motorcycle Accident Fatalities in the U.S. Decline in 2010

Posted on April 27, 2011

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) on April 19 released the results of a new study that show motorcycle deaths declined in 2010, but not by much. From 2009 to 2010, motorcycle fatalities declined from 4,465 to 4,376 nationwide, nowhere close to the 16 percent drop between 2008 and 2009. The drop in 2009 was the first time in 11 years that motorcycle fatalities had dropped. The preliminary data covers the first nine months of 2009 and was submitted by GHSA members who predict the final numbers will reflect a decline in motorcycle fatalities in about half of the states.

Oregon and Oklahoma report deaths are down 27 percent and 30 percent while Florida had an increase of eight deaths during the first six months of 2010 from 198 in 2009 to 206 in 2010. Florida ranked among the top states for motorcycle fatalities during the first six months of 2010 along with New York (22), Ohio (15), Tennessee (12), and New Hampshire (11).

In the states with good numbers to report, education programs that promoting riding sober and straight along with a motorcycle specific license may have contributed to the improved picture. However there are some areas of concern:

Motorcycle helmet use appeared to be declining from a high of 67 percent in 2009 to 54 percent in 2010. By the third quarter of 2009, motorcycle deaths had increased by about 3 percent when compared to the previous year. Fatalities dropped slightly by the second quarter.

With gas prices increasing, a surge in motorcycle use is expected along with an increased risk to riders. The Florida motorcycle accident lawyers at Farah & Farah encourages the continued use of motorcycle helmets to keep riders safe along with a reduction in speed, alcohol consumption, and an increase in driver. If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle crash, our experienced Florida and South Georgia attorneys will open their doors to discuss your options.