US motorcycle fatality rate drops 16 per cent

Good news for American bikers

Posted: 22 April 2010
by Visordown News

MOTORCYCLE deaths dropped in America last year, after more than a decade of increasing fatalities, it has been revealed.

Recent statistics show a 16 per cent drop in US motorcycle fatalities through the first nine months of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008.

The welcome drop has been partly attributed to the country's slowing economy, which has seen a decline in motorcycle sales.

In 2008, 5,290 motorcyclists were killed on the country's roads - the worst year in US history.

It makes you wonder how much the figure would drop if the US made helmets compulsory nationwide.

Via Associated Press


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>It makes you wonder how much the figure would drop if the US made helmets compulsory nationwide.<

It makes you wonder how much the figure would drop if the US drivers hung up their friggin' cell phones, paid attention to the road... didn't think that just because they have a honkin' huge SUV that they owned the road... Oh... and how about getting the dumbasses to quit pulling out or turning left into the path of motorcyclists... 

Now... just to let you know... I wear full gear all the time...

Helmets are accident mitigation not accident prevention...  I would much rather see the US improve on our highway safety programs that emphasis prevention in tandem with promoting the use of riding gear, including helmet use... 

If you go back to the "crash page" you will find the remenents of my '02 Triumph Bonneville after taking out a Ford pick up truck (my fault)... I believe in and support the use of full riding gear... I just don't believe in legislating it... 




Posted: 23/04/2010 at 02:20

I agree if you want to wear gear wear it, but it should be your choice. This is the home of the brave land of the (Free) its still we the people right. So I feel it should be the choice of the rider. I myself choose not to use a helmet.

Posted: 04/07/2011 at 16:45

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