Motorcycles continue to be more deadly than cars
April 16, 2015
The popularity of small vehicles like motorcycles has been on the rise, and the result is that there are now around 8.5 million motorcycles being used every day in the United States. That is the figure that the Department of Transportation put out after looking at the statistics back in 2012.
The problem with this is that riders who get in accidents are more likely to be hurt or killed on motorcycles than they would be in cars. Part of this has to do with the fact that a motorcycle is much harder to see than a larger vehicle, leading to more accidents. Part of it also has to do with the open nature of a motorcycle, which leaves the rider exposed in a way that even a small car does not.
To support this, just look at the numbers put out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They claim that, for everyone 100,000 cars that are registered, 14 of those cars will then be in fatal accidents. However, for each 100,000 motorcycles that are registered, 60 of them will be involved in deadly accidents. Per capita, motorcycles end up in deadly wrecks far more often.
It’s not all bad news, though. In 2012, there were 4,986 fatalities on motorcycles. In 2013, that number actually dropped, going down to 4,668. That’s a total drop of about 6.4 percent.
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