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How motorcycle safety is improving over time

Motorcyclists aren't always safe on the roads. In fact, many times, other drivers don't see them coming or misinterpret how much time they have to turn, causing an accident that puts the motorcyclist at risk of serious injury or death. In 2015, there are more people riding motorcycles than ever before, so drivers need to be aware.

As of 2010, over half the people killed in motorcycle crashes were 40 years old or older, which has been a change since 1995 of over 25 percent. Looking into motorcycle fatalities, you can see that while around 10 percent of riders killed in motorcycle crashes in 2010 were women, nearly all passengers killed were women, at a shocking 89 percent.

Helmets do save lives. Over 40 percent of operators and half of passengers who died weren't wearing helmets in 2010. That number has dropped in recent years since new motorcycle helmet laws have been implemented across the United States.

How effective are the measures that have been put into place in the United States? Helmet laws have been scientifically proven to lower the risk of fatalities in an accident. Alcohol impairment detection, sanction, and enforcement improvements have also had a positive effect on the reduction of motorcycle accidents by removing dangerous drivers from the road.

Mechanical improvements have helped reduce crashes and fatalities in recent years. Improvements such as antilock brakes have made it easier for motorcyclists to stop quickly, and better protective gear for motorcyclists have also reduced fatalities and shown to help reduce injuries and the intensity of crashes overall.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Motorcycle Safety Guide: People Who Ride, People Who Die," accessed July 01, 2015

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