Thursday, September 17, 2009

Figures Continue to Rise for Motorcycle Deaths

In 2008, motorcycle accident deaths reached an all-time high since 1975 and doubled the 1997 figures. Motorcyclist deaths alone accounted for 14 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities.

The news is splattered with motorcycle accident news – today alone, Marine Corps Officer Marleea A. Gerfen, 21 was identified to have been killed in a motorcycle crash in Descano. The awarded officer was killed when her motorcycle went down on a curve and struck a dirt berm.

Mark Taylor, 46, of Ramona was also killed today when he was struck by an unlicensed female driver who failed to see his motorcycle when she made a U-Turn. The woman, who was driving a rental car crossed in front of the motorcyclist's path and Taylor suffered major injuries when he struck the driver's side of the car.

The tragic deaths of Gerfen and Taylor are an example of most motorcycle accident deaths – in 2008, 46 percent of motorcyclist deaths occurred in single-vehicle crashes, and 54 percent occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes.

No matter how careful the motorcyclist, accidents can happen, on his own or because of the fault of another person. In fact, while multiple vehicle crashes are the majority, single vehicle motorcycle crashes are not that far behind.

A lot of people may opt to use motorcycles these days because it is cheap and fuel-efficient and the increased presence of more motorcycles on the road can create a huge traffic safety issue.

Reckless motorcycle driver’s habits such as lane splitting and speeding can also increase the potential for motorcycle accidents. And since motorcycles do not afford the same protection as other motor vehicles such as cars and SUVs could provide, the end can only be tragic.

Motorcycles can be dangerous and riders should be doubly careful because they can easily lose their lives on the road even if it is not their fault.