Motorcycle safety

The popularity of motorcycling has increased in the last few years; more than 1.1 million motorcycles were sold in 2006, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council in the United States. The popularity of this pastime has resulted in an increase in motorcyclist deaths in recent years, more than doubling between the all-time low in 1997 and 2005. In 2006, 4,810 motorcyclists were killed, up 5.6 per cent from the 4,553 motorcyclist fatalities in 2005. In addition, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in traffic crashes in 2006. Motorcycle rider fatalities accounted for 11 per cent of total 2006 fatalities, exceeding the number of pedestrian fatalities for the first time since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began collecting fatal motor vehicle crash data in 1975. To reduce the percentage of deaths and injuries from motorcycle crashes, the federal government and many states have established safety programs. These programs address the importance of using helmets, licensing correctly, educating riders and avoiding alcohol. This report provides an overview of motorcycle safety, including federal regulations and guidelines, information about state policy and laws that address motorcycle safety, and the effectiveness of these laws.


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  • Accession Number: 01384959
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 6:26PM