Motorcycle deaths rising

The most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows motorcycle accidents are on the rise. In 2012, there were 4,957 motorcyclists killed. This was a 7 percent increase from the number of riders killed in 2011. From 2003 to 2012, the number of motorcycle accidents increased 33 percent.

For a variety of reasons, motorcyclists are more likely to be injured or die in a motor crash than drivers or passengers in cars. In fact, in 2012, motorcyclists were 26 times more likely to die than people in a car if there was a traffic accident.

Now that it's summer and more people will be out riding their motorcycles around the U.S., it's important to focus on motorcycle safety. It may no longer be motorcycle safety awareness month - which is May - but deaths related to motorcycle accidents can be avoided all year long.

Motorcyclists and car drivers can better prepare for motorcycles on the road and reduce the risk of an accident by:

  • Only driving with an up-to-date license.
  • Avoiding driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or while distracted or overly tired.
  • Following the posted speed limits and moderating their speed based on driving conditions.
  • Paying close attention for motorcycles when changing lanes or turning left - motorcycles are smaller and drivers can miss them.
  • Wearing protective gear, such as a helmet, if driving or riding on a motorcycle.
  • Not weaving through traffic or driving on the shoulder or lane divider.
  • Motorcyclists should also have the proper motorcycle insurance to cover repairs to their bikes. Accidents can cause expensive damage to vehicles, so having the proper insurance helps you cover the cost of getting back on the road. Use CoverHound to compare the motorcycle insurance rates available in your area.

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