A grim look at motorcycle crashes

Photo credit: Bill Green/The Frederick News-Post (file photo)

Here’s one worth sharing. I recently dove into motorcycle (and motor scooter) statistics after reporting on one of the more visual and sobering fatal crashes I’ve covered in a long time. A 75-year-old man’s life abruptly ended as he was riding his scooter up a state road and was struck by an SUV turning onto the roadway.

His fatal collision brought Frederick County’s fatal motorcycle crash statistics to four this year. There was just one in all of last year — a common trend for the past five or so years making this year not so common.

Thankfully, our most deadliest time of the year on roads (historically Memorial Day to Labor Day) is behind us. Nevertheless law enforcement, state highway administrators and the public as a whole have some figuring out to do when it comes to limiting the amount of fatalities we see on roadways. Here’s a snippet from The Frederick News-Post:

Motorcycle deaths get a closer look

Two fatal crashes this week brought the number of motorcycle and motor scooter fatalities in Frederick County to four so far this year.

Only one fatal motorcycle crash happened in the county in all of 2012.

The contrast shines light on the growing trend of overall motorcycle-related crashes and some problematic areas for traffic.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle deaths have increased every year for the past 14 years, except in 2009, which saw a 16 percent decline.

In 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists died on America’s roads, according to NHTSA statistics.

Motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die and five times more likely to be injured in a crash than occupants of other vehicles.

Full version here. 

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