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:
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.