Each year since 2010, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has compiled data relating to motorcycle accidents from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The GHSA has recently released a report regarding its preliminary findings for the year 2014. The data indicates that motorcycle accident fatalities may be on the decline.
5 Statistics Relating to 2014 Motorcycle Accident Fatalities
What is some of the important information that can be gathered from the GHSA’s data? The following is an overview:
- While fatalities are on the decline for 2014, they are still 26 percent higher than they were a decade ago.
- Final motorcyclist fatality totals for 2014 are anticipated to come in at 4,584.
- This amount is approximately 1.8 percent less than the 4,668 that were reported in 2013.
- This is the second year in a row that the number of fatalities has decreased. However, it is only the third time the number of fatalities has decreased since 1997.
- The decrease in fatalities was present in 27 states throughout the country. The number of fatalities remained the same in 4 states and the District of Columbia and increased in 19 states.
To further decrease the number of fatalities that occur due to motorcycle accidents, the report recommends that motorcyclists reduce their speed, avoid alcohol consumption, obtain a proper license, and ensure that they are visible.
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