Motorcycle Fatalities Increase Nationwide in 2015, But How Did Idaho Fare?
The statistics for motorcycle crashes are sobering. According to the annual preliminary report of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 10 percent more motorcyclists in the United States died in crashes in 2015 than in 2014. This resulted in 450 more deaths in 2015 and follows two years of
decreases in motorcycle rider fatalities.
Causes of Increases in Deadly Motorcycle Crashes
The GHSA study determined that fatalities increased in 31 states, decreased in 16 states, and stayed the same in 3 states and the District of Columbia. Idaho was one of the three states that didn't have an increase in fatalities; the number remained at 27 from the previous year.
Contributing factors to the increase in motorcycle crash deaths include:
- Lack of helmet use and the repeal of state helmet laws
- Alcohol and drug intoxication
- Invalid licenses
- Lower gas costs, which encourages more motorcyclists and motorists to drive more
- A better economy, which contributes to more people traveling
These causes of increased rider deaths show the risks Idaho motorcyclists face, considering the state has a high speed limit on many highways and no requirement that adult riders wear helmets.
Helmets Prevent Serious Injuries and Save Lives
The GHSA researchers noted that the repeal of helmet laws significantly contributed to the increase in motorcyclist deaths. For example, Michigan saw a 23 percent increase in motorcycle rider fatalities after its all-rider helmet law was repealed in 2012.
Overall, helmet use decreases the risk of head and brain injuries and deaths in a collision by 37 percent. All motorcycle riders in Idaho should take this statistic to heart and wear their helmets—a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved model—every time they take their bikes on the road.
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