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Motorcycle Deaths on the Rise

Categories: Auto Accidents

By Jacob W. Gent. Posted on .

According to a recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), an estimated 5,000 motorcyclists lost their lives on U.S. roads in 2012.  This figure is near an all—time high and represents a 9 percent increase from 2011.  Motorcyclists are one of the few roadway user groups where no progress has been seen over the past decade, the GHSA report noted.Motorcycle

The projected number of motorcyclist deaths for 2012 is based on state-by-state data for the first nine months of the year. Similar projections in previous years mirrored the final numbers.

Data comparison for the first nine months of 2011 and 2012 revealed the number of motorcyclist deaths increased in 34 states last year, decreased in 16 states, and stayed the same in the District of Columbia. Increases were noted in every region of the country and were quite high in many states. For example, motorcyclist deaths rose 32 percent in Oregon and 29 percent in Indiana.

The report also found that the number of states with compulsory helmet laws had dropped from 26 in 1997 to just 19 states in 2012.

The report outlined a number of ways to reduce motorcyclist deaths. These include: increasing helmet use; reducing speeding and impaired riding; providing rider training to all who need or want it; ensuring proper licensing of riders; and encouraging all drivers to share the road with motorcyclists.

 

SOURCE: Governors Highway Safety Association, news release, April 24, 2013

Recent Survey Results on Distracted Driving

Categories: Auto Accidents

By Melissa D. Carter. Posted on .

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released survey results on April 5, 2013 showing that Americans continue to use electronic devices while driving, despite laws and evidence that such distractions cause lack of focus while driving and can lead to collisions, injuries and even death.

The survey revealed that, at any given daylight moment, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones, or some form of electronic devices, while driving.  This number of users has held steady since 2010, despite awareness and anti-texting while driving laws.  The NHTSA also found that more than 3,300 people were killed in 2011, and 387,000 were injured in collisions involving a distracted driver.[1]

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood states, “There is no way to text and drive safely.  Powering down your cell phone when you’re behind the wheel can save lives – maybe even your own.”

Click here to view a short documentary created by EndDD concerning teen distracted driving:

To prevent distracted driving, the Department of Transportation recommends drivers:

  • Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive;
  • Be a good role model for young drivers and set a good example;
  • Talk with your teens about responsible driving;
  • Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver uses an electronic device while driving;
  • Always wear your seat belt; the best defense against other unsafe drivers.

 


[1] http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/NHTSA+Survey+Finds+660,000+Drivers+Using+Cell+Phones+or+Manipulating+Electronic+Devices+While+Driving+At+Any+Given+Daylight+Moment